Soc­cer

Heavlow-led Kent wins fi­nale, 7-0

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WORTON — Kent County’s girls found their foot­ing just in time for the Class 1A East Re­gion soc­cer tour­na­ment. They put seven goals on the score­board while se­nior keeper Paulina Panas was rarely tested in the reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale Oct. 16.

The shutout of North Dorch­ester halted a slump of three losses in a row and sends Kent (5-7) into to­day’s first-round play­off game with pos­i­tive mo­men­tum.

Kent will host Colonel Richard­son (1-9-1); kick­off is at 5:30 p.m. Kent swept Colonel dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, 11-2 and 3-0.

The win­ner of the Ken­tColonel Richard­son match will play the win­ner of Jop­pa­towne at Pat­ter­son Mill on Oct. 30.

Pat­ter­son Mill (9-3-1) is the de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pion.

Kent County is the No. 3 seed in Sec­tion I of the 1A East. Bohemia Manor is the top seed and Pat­ter­son Mill is the No. 2 seed.

There are only four schools in the other sec­tion of the bracket: top-seeded Cam­bridge, Mardela, Snow Hill and North Dorch­ester.

Sec­ond-year head coach Rachael Gu­gasian said she be­lieves the youth­ful Tro­jans — there are only four se­niors on a ros­ter of 24

— are more pre­pared for the play­offs this sea­son than last, when they lost by a goal at Colonel Richard­son in the re­gion tour­na­ment’s first round.

“I think the team as a whole has im­proved so much this year in skill, at­ti­tude and will to win,” Gu­gasian wrote in an email the day af­ter the 7-0 rout of North Dorch­ester. She said in the email that “the team is re­ally be­com­ing a co­he­sive unit that is able to con­nect with one an­other on and off the field.”

The Tro­jans dom­i­nated the Oct. 16 match, pin­pointac­cu­rate small passes al­low­ing them to lit­er­ally play cir­cles around their de­fend­ers.

The mar­gin of vic­tory eas­ily could have been dou­ble dig­its had it not been for the stel­lar play of North Dorch­ester’s sopho­more net-minder Erin Rig­gin.

Jaime Heavlow, Emma Wal­ters and Ceciia Lla­mas all had ex­cel­lent scor­ing chances from close range be­fore Heavlow fi­nally found the top shelf in the 24th minute. Grace Boege had the as­sist.

Heavlow also scored in the 36th and 38th min­utes to give the Tro­jans an in­sur­mount­able 3-0 lead be­fore half­time.

Boege also had the helper on Heavlow’s sec­ond goal. Wal­ters should get some credit too. She stripped the ball from a de­fender and redi­rected it into the box to Boege, who one-touched a pass to Heavlow.

Lo­gan Pin­der’s through ball set up Heavlow’s third goal.

Pin­der made it 4-0 with a high shot that ducked un­der the cross­bar. The goal was unas­sisted and was the cul­mi­na­tion of some fancy foot­work by Pin­der, who car­ried the ball a long dis­tance down the side­line.

The Tro­jans tacked on three more in­sur­ance goals over the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Lla­mas’ text­book-per­fect pass set up fresh­man Ken­dall Lan­gen­felder, Lla­mas buried a penalty kick and then Gra­cie Wal­ters, an­other fresh­man, was in the right place at the right time to fin­ish a pass from Tay­lor Wal­ters.

This was Se­nior Day and all four of Kent’s se­niors — Boege, Heavlow, Panas and Tay­lor Wal­ters — played the en­tire match.

The Tro­jans also wore pink socks to pro­mote breast can­cer aware­ness.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kent County se­nior Jaime Heavlow, left, bat­tles North Dorch­ester’s Karen Meija in the first half Oct. 16. Heavlow scored three times in the 7-0 vic­tory.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kent County’s Ce­cilia Lla­mas uses her body to shield the ball from North Dorch­ester’s Brie Bates.

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