Kent jayvee, varsity boys sweep Mardela in soccer
WORTON — Kent County’s up-anddown junior varsity boys soccer season is back on the upswing. A 2-1 triumph over visiting Mardela on Oct. 3 halted a slump of three losses in a row.
The Trojans are 4-4 with three matches remaining.
“We did a very good job of handling the physicality of the other team,” coach Dominic Ramos said of last week’s match with Mardela.
Shane Morris and Alystair McKenzie scored for the Trojans.
Kent’s boys have had to adjust to new responsibilities since captain Christian Phillips was pulled up to varsity in the middle of September.
Gio Ochoa has upped his game as a center back, complementing the play of linemates Jack Cullum and Jose Vela.
Yahir Ochoa consistently has been phenomenal as a defensive midfielder.
Morris and newly promoted captain Bobby Willis continue to direct the attack.
“I’m very impressed with the improvements that every single player has shown since the beginning of the season. It can’t be overstated how much they have learned and progressed since we first began,” first-year coach Ramos wrote in an email Sunday. “I’m very proud of how they have played this season.
WORTON — Mayowa Taiwo buried two penalty kicks to carry Kent past Mardela in varsity boys soccer, 3-1.
Noah Gilbert scored what held up as the winning goal in the 12th minute, finishing off a through ball delivered by Drue Walters.
It was Gilbert’s second gamewinner in as many matches.
Taiwo put the Trojans (2-6) on the board in the fifth minute, after a PK was awarded for a trip in the box.
Mardela closed to 2-1 in the 25th minute.
Another trip in the box, this one midway through the second half, sent Taiwo to the line for another PK. He leads the Trojans in scoring with six goals, all on penalty kicks.
Kent finished with an 8-4 edge in shots.
Each side earned three corner kicks.
“We dominated first-half possession with good movement and passing but got a little sloppy in the second half, allowing Mardela more time on our side,” Kent coach Patrick Jones said.
AMERICAN CORNER — Kent County’s girls registered their first win by shutout this season, getting two goals from senior forward Jaime Heavlow in the 3-0 victory at Colonel Richardson.
The Trojans (4-5) swept the home-and-away series, outscoring the Colonels by a 14-2 count.
The Oct. 3 game was the makeup from a rainout last month.
Heavlow, who leads the team with six goals, scored twice in the first half.
She netted what held up as the game-winner in the 18th minute. Maddy Kendall’s booming free kick found the foot of Heavlow, who made a quick cut around a defender and then easily found the back of the net.
Another bit of fancy footwork produced the insurance goal when Heavlow created space within the box to get a clear shot.
Kent’s third goal was inadvertently scored by a Colonel Richardson defender.
Coach Rachael Gugasian commended the play of Heavlow and outside fullbacks Sydney Usilton and Marlee Berghaus.
“This was Sydney’s first time playing in this position and she played extremely well, making defensive runs up the field and making some important aggressive tackles,” the coach said.
Gugasian added: “Marlee stepped up her game, and also made some great runs up the field promoting both defensive and offensive play.”
Kent outshot its host, 15-3. Freshman Olivia Daniels went the distance in the net for Kent.
The day before, the Trojans lost at Mardela, 3-2, in extra time.
“Mardela came out strong and I think we weren’t ready for that,” Gugasian said, even though Kent twice led by a goal.
She said the match was both a “learning experience for our girls as well as a heartbreaker. We learned to never underestimate a team and how important it is to come to every game ready for anything.”
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute when a cross from Emma Walters set up Cecilia Llamas, who deftly lifted the ball into the left corner.
The sides went into the break with the score tied at 1-1. Mardela (2-4-2) scored on a rebound of a shot that had been saved by Paulina Panas.
Kent regained the lead 15 minutes into the second half on Usilton’s first high school goal. She won possession in a scrum in the box and then slid the ball past the Mardela keeper who had stepped out off the line.
Mardela’s second goal came on a strong shot that found the right-hand corner, well beyond the reach of Panas.
The Trojans controlled possession of the first overtime period, according to Gugasian.
Mardela’s winning goal was scored on a breakaway in the second extra period.