for 80 percent of the match and moved the ball well in the back, but they didn’t get a lot going in the attacking end.
Kent, which has switched to a 3-4-3 format, benefited from the strong play of inside midfielders Drew Baker and Felipe Mendoza.
Kenny Fowler, Tyler Johnston and Ryan Argo shored up the defense.
In the opener at Crisfield, Kent’s lone goal was scored midway through the first half on a short corner kick by Santmyer that made it 1-1. Taiwo had the assist.
Crisfield’s strikers were too quick for the Trojan defenders “as they broke through our line” to score twice before intermission, Jones said.
Santmyer, who led the Trojans last season with nine goals, is projected to continue that pace.
Jones said Taiwo and Adolfo Diaz also will figure into the attack.
Key defenders graduated, so junior varsity call-ups Fowler and Ryan Argo are teaming with Johnston to “hold the new back line in check,” Jones said.
The central midfield is strong with Baker, Mendoza and Jackman.
“But our outside players are new to the demands of those positions so we will need to exercise some patience as those players develop,” Jones said.
Sixtos is a seasoned keeper. His backup is junior Jeremy Graham.