Kent County News - - SPORTS - Tr­ish McGee con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

In the 36th minute, the Tro­jans looked to add to their lead, but a Lla­mas shot sailed wide. Just be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, Christo­pher fed Har­ris, who fired a shot that hit the side of the post and out of play.

“It was a tough bat­tle, but it was a good game,” Gu­gasian said. “Each side worked re­ally hard. We are work­ing to al­ways get bet­ter.”

“I think we are do­ing a good job at get­ting bet­ter each prac­tice, each game,” she added. “I’m happy with the ef­fort, and how the team con­tin­ues to get bet­ter.”

At the start of the se­cond half, the Colonels got three qual­ity chances. The first came when Moore passed to Macken­zie Covey, who fed Sarah Gille­spie. She cor­ralled the pass but her shot went above the cross­bar.

Min­utes later, Moore drove down the right side, and dished to Har­ris, who crossed over to her right foot and fire a shot wide. Covey had a good chance on the next pos­ses­sion, but was de­nied by Panas.

When the Tro­jans be­gan their coun­ter­at­tack, Colonel de­fend­ers Natalie Southard, Rea­gan Tull, Maleaha Webb and Rea­gan Mangum halted the drives by gain­ing pos­ses­sion and mov­ing the ball to the out­side.

“The de­fense did a great job at get­ting the ball to the out­side,” Roop said. “It al­lowed us to be­gin to work the ball up the field.”

After just one match, Jaime Heavlow was al­most half­way to the seven goals she to­taled in 2016. The ju­nior for­ward net­ted a hat trick in the Sept. 6 sea­son opener for Kent County.

Heavlow ral­lied host Kent to a 3-1 de­feat of North Dorch­ester, scor­ing twice in the first half to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.

Fresh­man cen­ter mid­fielder Ce­silia Lla­mas was cred­ited with all three as­sists.

Un­der­class­men Lexi Lan­gen­felder and Paulina Panas split time in the cage, com­bin­ing for nine saves. Panas wasn’t chal­lenged too of­ten in the se­cond half as the Tro­jans played mostly in the at­tack­ing end, said coach Gu­gasian.

Gu­gasian cred­ited fresh­man sweeper Madi­son Ken­dall and se­nior mid­fielder/ de­fender El­iz­a­beth Wal­ters with lim­it­ing the vis­i­tors’ chances at qual­ity shots.

The Sept. 6 match was the high school coach­ing de­but for Gu­gasian, who is a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Galena El­e­men­tary School.

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