Vikes reach sec­tional fi­nal

Wind­sor, Jones each net a goal, McKelvey stops 14 shots; No. 1 Ea­gles next

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

WORTON — Cam­bridge-South Dorchester High girls’ soccer team de­feated Kent County for the se­cond straight sea­son on Tues­day night in the Class 1A East Re­gion Sec­tion II play­offs with a 2-1 vic­tor y.

WORTON — Cam­bridge-South Dorchester High girls’ soccer team de­feated Kent County for the se­cond straight sea­son on Tues­day night in the Class 1A East Re­gion Sec­tion II play­offs with a 2-1 vic­tor y.

Brooke Wind­sor and Re­gan Jones each scored a goal, and goalie Sab­rina McKelvey made 14 saves as No. 3 Cam­bridge-SD (8-6) ad­vanced to Fri­day’s sec­tional fi­nal at top-seeded Snow Hill (12-2).

Vik­ing head coach Ka­reem Otey cred­ited McKelvey’s strong play for giv­ing her team mo­men­tum. McKelvey is in her first year play­ing keeper, suc­ceed­ing the grad­u­ated Kaylie Seabrease, con­sid­ered one of the Bayside Con­fer­ence’s top goalies last year.

“Sab­rina had re­ally big shoes to fill this year after Seabrease grad­u­ated, but Sab­rina has stepped up all year,” Otey said. “She came up re­ally big with great saves. She stopped Kent’s mo­men­tum and gave it back to us with her strong play in goal.

“I think the last seven or eight games against Kent County have been one-goal games,” she added. “We knew it would be a tough game. Kent County is well coached with a great group. I’m proud of our girls for com­ing out strong, get­ting stronger as the game went on and get­ting the win.”

Cam­bridge-SD had sev­eral scor­ing chances in the open­ing min­utes. In the sixth minute, Emily Bro­hawn found Abby Robin­son down the left side. Robin­son cor­ralled the pass and dished to Wind­sor in the goal box.

Wind­sor switched to her right foot and fired a shot that was stopped by Tro­jan goalie Alexis Lan­gen­felder. Robin­son raced to the loose ball and fired an­other shot, but Kent County de­fender Mag­gie Jones stopped the re­bound.

Bro­hawn cre­ated an­other scor­ing chance in the 14th minute when she passed to a streak­ing Wind­sor. Con­tact in the goal box drew a penalty kick, which Wind­sor buried for a 1-0 lead.

“I told the girls from the be­gin­ning to try and get on the board first,” Otey said. “When Brooke scored, it boosted the girls morale and we were off and run­ning.”

Kent County tied the game two min­utes later. Jamie Heavlow bat­tled for a loose ball in the of­fen­sive zone, gained pos­ses­sion and fired a cross that Kait­lyn Jones booted in for the equal­izer.

Kait­lyn Jones nearly gave the Tro­jans the lead in the 21st minute, but her shot was saved by McKelvey. Heavlow cre­ated a scor­ing chance four min­utes later but her shot sailed high.

The Vik­ings came out strong after half­time. Ha­ley Wright, Alyssa Swann, El­iz­a­beth Dodge and Ti­aziah Wright kept Kent County from pen­e­trat­ing, and were able to sail balls back into the of fen­sive end.

Robin­son fielded an out­let from Wright in the 47th minute and raced down the left side. Robin­son dished to Jones, who fired a shot for a 2-1 lead.

“Abby had a great ball to Re­gan to open the se­cond half with a goal to give us the lead,” Otey said. “Ha­ley and the de­fense did a great job stop­ping Kent’s runs and get­ting the ball back up­field for us.”

Cam­bridge-SD kept the pres­sure on, forc­ing the Tro­jans to play all sides of the field. Twice Wind­sor re­ceived passes from Jones and fired shots on goalie but they were saved.

Kent County (6-7) be­gan gain­ing mo­men­tum mid­way through the se­cond half.

Teira John­son drew a foul and a free kick. Her shot sailed just high of the cross­bar. Kait­lyn Jones and Heavlow raced down field on a break. Heavlow passed to Au­drey Helfen­bein but her shot was saved.

In the 62nd minute, John­son chipped a ball to Grace Boege, but McKelvey raced out of the net to get the ball be­fore Boege could get pos­ses­sion. Four min­utes later, Helfen­bein sailed a ball through the mid­dle to a streak­ing Heavlow, but again McKelvey came out and kicked the ball away.

Heavlow had two more good chances in the 67th and 75th min­utes but both were stopped by McKelvey.

“I think my team played their hearts out,” said Kent County head coach Rachel Keiser. “It is tough when mo­men­tum gets bro­ken when you have the in­juries pop up. But every­one kept fight­ing.

“It hurts more than any­thing,” she added. “We could not have asked for a bet­ter sea­son, and we sure wish Cam­bridge the best of luck in the next round. They are a re­ally great team.

“I’m happy to see that they im­proved in ev­ery as­pect this sea­son,” she said. “They worked re­ally hard all year, es­pe­cially our young ones. That leaves us with good pos­si­bil­i­ties for next year. We worked hard on pass­ing, chang­ing fields and it all came to­gether very well this sea­son. It just was not in the cards for us to­day.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorchester’s Brooke Wind­sor drives down the side­line Tues­day against Kent County. Wind­sor scored a goal in the vic­tory.

Cam­bridge-South Dorchester’s Ri­ley Keener gath­ers a loose ball against Kent County on Tues­day, Nov. 1.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorchester’s El­iz­a­beth Dodge (5) clears the ball against Kent County Tues­day, Nov. 1.

Cam­bridge-South Dorchester’s Alyssa Swann leads the break against Kent County on Tues­day, Nov. 1.

Cam­bridge-South Dorchester’s Ti­aziah Wright gath­ers a loose ball against Kent County on Tues­day, Nov. 1.

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