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.