Colonels win girls soccer match in ex­tra time, 2-1

Stand united with host Tro­jans in 9/11 trib­ute

Kent County News - - SPORTS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

— 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).

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