Bucs break scoreless halftime tie
— 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.