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Other for­wards are se­nior Tay­lor John­ston, ju­nior Mary Cate Par­ent and sopho­mores Cather­ine Mil­li­gan and Tanae John­son.

John­son led last year’s 5-22 ju­nior var­sity team with five goals and three as­sists.

Hick­man, Wil­lis, John­ston and Mil­li­gan are re­turn­ing var­sity play­ers.

Half a dozen play­ers are jock­ey­ing for min­utes in a four-man mid­field — fresh­men Kate Ervin and Katie Wade, Par­ent, and se­niors Caro­line MacLeod, Ash­ley Met­zbower and Cas­sidy Braver.

Braver also could see time as a de­fender with ju­nior var­sity call-up Jaylin Fair­bank and re­turn­ing se­niors Kayla Luhn and Ali­son Rameika.

Pea­cock is back for a third year as the start­ing goalie. She to­taled seven shutouts and had a 1.14 goals-against av­er­age in 2016 when coaches voted her the best keeper on the Mid-Shore.

Rameika also was a first­team all-star.

De­fense is the Tro­jans’ strength as they re­turn all but one starter in the back from last year’s 10-win team.

While Kent County looks like a vet­eran team on pa­per be­cause of its seven se­niors, they are be­ing asked to step up as starters after mostly com­ing off the bench last year.

Some of the for­wards also will be asked to play mid­field and oc­ca­sion­ally a mid may slide back to play de­fense.

“The girls are go­ing to have to be flex­i­ble,” WrightTay­lor said. Many of them will be tasked with tak­ing on more sig­nif­i­cant roles than last year.

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