Heavlow-led Kent wins finale, 7-0
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.
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.
Kent County’s Cecilia Llamas uses her body to shield the ball from North Dorchester’s Brie Bates.