Trojans not able to hold early lead
— 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).
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.