Bucs break score­less half­time tie

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

— Depth and a higher fit­ness level made the dif­fer­ence for Kent Is­land against host Kent County last week in the first ju­nior var­sity field hockey game of the sea­son for the lo­cals. Tal­ent-wise the squads were about even, said Kent County coach Gil­lian Spero.

Class 2A Kent Is­land, which has a large pool of ath­letes to choose from, net­ted three goals after in­ter- mis­sion to break a 0-0 tie.

The Buc­ca­neers’ se­cond and third goals of the af­ter­noon were scored in the fi­nal five min­utes.

“We just got tired,” Spero said of the Sept. 7 game. “Kent Is­land has more depth and they were in bet­ter con­di­tion. That was the dif­fer­ence,” she said.

Class 1A Kent County has a mod­est ros­ter of 14 play­ers, which al­lows for only three sub­sti­tutes — if ev­ery­one is avail­able on game day.

Three ju­niors re­turn from last year’s 5-2-2 cam­paign: for­wards Lizzie Goetz and Bri­anna Pierce and mid­fielder Bethany Heine­field, the reign­ing team MVP.

Pierce, Goetz and sopho­more mid­fielder Mal­lory Helfen­bein are the cap­tains in vot­ing by their team­mates.

The other re­turnees are sopho­mores Abby Collins, Hay­den Davis, Mira Hitzges, El­lie Jet­ton, Jil­lian Orr and Olivia Terza­ghi. They are joined by class­mate Lyn­d­sie Carr.

There are three fresh­men, An­nie Page Brocker, Sella Con­ner and Ash­lyn Orr.

Across the front line there are Hitzges and Con­ner at left and right wing, re­spec­tively, and Pierce, Goetz and Ash­lyn Orr as in­ners.

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