Colonels win girls soccer match in extra time, 2-1
Stand united with host Trojans in 9/11 tribute
— Before the girls soccer match between Colonel Richardson and host Kent County, on Monday at the park here, players stood united by taking a lap around the field with American flags to honor the victims from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
What followed was a spirited match that was extended by Colonel senior Annie Harris, who scored the tying goal with 2 minutes remaining in regulation, then netted the golden goal 5 minutes into the extra session to cap a 2-1 Colonels’ victory.
The Colonels (1-1) spent much of the last 15 minutes of the second half attacking in the Trojans’ zone, but Kent County goalkeeper Paulina Panas kept Colonel scoreless. Panas received help from her defenders, including Madison Kendall, who stopped drives and blocked several shots.
But with two minutes left, Colonel’s relentless attack found space, and Harris delivered with a left-footer into the back of the net for the equalizer.
In overtime, the Trojans (1-1) went on the attack, but twice Colonel goalkeeper Hannah Holmes made saves, and a Jamie Heavlow shot went wide.
The Colonels countered with a strong drive up the sideline by senior Kaylie Moore. She found Harris, who chipped the ball into the right corner. Harris centered the ball to Maddy Christopher. Kent County tried to clear but the ball went out of bounds.
A strong throw by Moore went to Harris, who dropped a pass back to Moore. Her strong drive was blocked, but Harris got control of the rebound, and lofted a shot into the top left corner of the goal for the winner.
“Annie is a great leader out on the field,” Colonel head coach Jeremy Roop said. “She wants it. If you watch her on the field, she is always moving. Annie found some open space and got the two big goals.”
“The girls never gave up,” Roop added. “We were able to keep the defense constantly moving with our dribbles and passes. They got chasing us, which created open lanes for quality scoring opportunities. It worked. We played hard and never gave up.”
Kent County assistant coach Ed Stack provided the flags for the pre-game opening lap by both teams.
“I thought it was something great we could do to remember 9/11,” Trojan head coach Rachael Gugasian said. “We were happy to do this with Colonel Richardson. We are competitors, but we are also united.” Roop echoed Gugasian’s thoughts. “It is a special moment to see the two teams come together for the lap,” he said. “It was a great idea for the Kent County coaching staff, and it was great to show our support.”
Kent County took a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Cesilia Llamas in the 26th minute. The Colonels countered minutes later on a breakaway by Harris, but Kendall foiled the drive and cleared the ball.
The Colonel Richardson and Kent County girls soccer teams honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Monday with a lap around the field at Worton Park, led by Maddy Christopher (22) and Lauren Edwards (19). Also pictured is Kent’s Taylor Walters (7).