Kent boys avenge ’16 playoff loss
— The Trojans opened their varsity boys soccer season against traditionally strong competition and emerged with an even slate after the first week.
They dropped their season opener Sept. 5 at Crisfield, 3-1, but bounced back two days later to defeat their guests from Colonel Richardson, 2-0.
Crisfield and Colonel Richardson placed first and second, respectively, in last year’s Class 1A East Region tournament. Crisfield went on to finish second in the state.
Last Thursday at Worton Park, Kent County avenged last year’s 2-0 loss at Colonel Richardson in the region semifinals.
Senior Gbenga Taiwo scored what held up as the winning goal in the 20th minute on a shot from close range.
The Trojans had been awarded an indirect kick about 10 yards out. Ryan Santmyer avoided the defensive wall that had been set up and tapped the ball over to Taiwo for the layup.
Santmyer also had the assist on the insurance goal. Junior Casey Jackman nes- tled the ball inside the far post after taking a shot from the right side and about 25 yards out.
Senior Geovany Gonzalez Sixtos earned the shutout.
Kent County coach Patrick Jones was pleased with how his squad matched up with a Colonel Richardson team of all juniors and seniors.
Jones said he would have liked to have seen more offense. He estimated the Trojans possessed the ball