Eagles fall to Trojans in season opener
SHILOH — Kent County High’s girls’ soccer team gained early momentum Tuesday, while cruising to a 7-0 victory over North Dorchester in the season’s opening game.
Jaime Heavlow and Teira Johnson each scored twice for the Trojans and Kaitlyn Jones, Logan Pinder and Audrey Helfenbein added goals to make Rachel Keiser a winner in her debut as Kent County head coach.
Kent County opened with several rushes down the left side by Jones. Three times she beat a defender and got a shot off but was not able to convert. In the 11th minute, Jones took the break and got a shot on goal, but it was saved by Eagle goalie Nicole Waples.
As Waples carried the ball upfield, she collided with Jones, who corralled the ball and scored into the open net for a 1-0 lead. The referee allowed play to continue rather than calling interference, ruling Waples ran into Jones, causing the loose ball.
Three minutes later, Heavlow got a steal and shot on goal. Waples made the initial save, but Heavlow got the rebound and scored for a 2-0 lead.
“I was nervous going into today, but I always get firstgame jitters,” Keiser said. “We started strong and really gained the momentum. The girls went out and played their hearts out.
“My forwards Teira Johnson, Kaitlyn Jones and Jaime Heavlow all played outstanding games for us today,” she added. “They pushed up real hard and used their lefts. My back four on defense held a firm wall and didn’t allow much penetration. Barely anything got by them. We’ve been working a lot in practice with just being first touch, first to the ball and communicating a lot.”
North Dorchester head coach Jon Catron said his team played ver y well for the first 15 minutes, counter attacking and driving upfield.
Twice in the first five minutes Stefani Lanahan made steals to create scoring chances. Brooke Morton and Beth Thomas worked the sidelines to get the ball upfield to Lanahan several times for shots.
In the 9th minute, Destiny Lane made a steal at midfield, dished to Kadie Laramore, who found Lanahan driving down the right side. Lanahan corralled the pass and fired just high of the net.
“We had a lot of good possessions at the opening,” Catron said. “We had a lot of great ideas in passing. We need to change the point of attack a little bit to create a few more shots on goal.
“We just couldn’t get the right opportunities because we were not creating enough space side to side,” he added. “Overall, we had really good passing ideas in the first 10 or 12 minutes.
“We lost momentum. When you lose momentum, you have to be able to recover quick,” he said. “We didn’t do that and Kent did a good job of keeping possession of the ball. We just never really recovered from that.”
In the second half, North Dorchester started with an early rush with Meredith Bell finding Maddi Nossick, who dished to Lanahan in the middle. Lanahan found Thomas down the sideline and Thomas’ shot went wide.
The Trojans responded with two quick goals. Helfenbein drove the middle and passed back to Pinder, who fired into the net for a 3-0 lead in the 47th minute. In the next 60 seconds, Helfenbein scored a goal off a throw-in for a 4-0 lead.
Heavlow added her second goal in the 72nd minute for a 5-0 lead. Johnson capped the scoring with two goals, 45 seconds a part in the 86th and 87th minute..
“We saw a lot of improvement,” Keiser said. “We got a lot to work on but the game gave us a lot to see for the future. We still got a long way to go. I’m proud of the way the girls performed today.”
The Trojans are scheduled to visit Colonel Richardson Thursday, while the Eagles are slated to play at Snow Hill.
North Dorchester’s Meredith Bell splits two Kent County defenders on Tuesday, Sept. 6.