Tro­jans not able to hold early lead

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

— Had the Tro­jans’ one-goal lead held up Thurs­day, it would have sent shock waves through­out the East­ern Shore high school field hockey com­mu­nity.

In­stead, the de­fend­ing Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pion Buc­ca­neers (2-0) de­feated their hosts from Kent County, 5-1, clos­ing out the game with five unan­swered goals.

Kent Is­land lev­eled the score at 1-1 by half­time on a goal by Celina Kauf­man and took the lead for good on a goal by Grace Boyer.

The Bucs tacked on in­sur­ance goals with 20:28, 14:20 and 9:36 re­main­ing.

They held the Tro­jans (01) to one shot after half­time.

Ken­zie Pea­cock was cred­ited with 21 saves, but she alone could not deny a sea­soned Kent Is­land squad that did not grad­u­ate any­one from last year’s Class 2A state fi­nal­ist team.

“They are a re­ally good team with play­ers who have worked to­gether for a long time, start­ing be­fore high school,” Kent County head coach Su­san Wright-Tay­lor said.

Wright-Tay­lor said she was pleased with the Tro­jans’ play, es­pe­cially in the first half when they went on the of­fen­sive.

Hon­estly, with as young as the Tro­jans are — there are two fresh­men and two sopho­mores on a mod­est ros­ter of 15 play­ers — it would have been sur­pris­ing had they won.

Wright-Tay­lor looked at the game as a con­fi­dence booster, de­spite the loss.

The Tro­jans’ ef­fort, she said, “gives me a good feel­ing for the rest of the sea­son.”

Sopho­more Ally Hick­man scored the Tro­jans’ lone goal.

Hick­man (six goals, one as­sist) is Kent County’s lead­ing re­turn­ing scorer. She shares the cen­ter for­ward spot with ju­nior Macy Wil­lis (five goals, two as­sists).

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kent County se­nior goalie Ken­zie Pea­cock has her game face on at half­time of the Sept. 7 sea­son opener against Kent Is­land. She made 16 saves be­fore in­ter­mis­sion to keep the score dead­locked at 1-1. In a vote by Mid-Shore coaches in 2016, Pea­cock was se­lected the out­stand­ing goalie.

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