Kent jayvee, var­sity boys sweep Mardela in soc­cer

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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.

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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.

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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.

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