Bo Manor ousts Kent, 2-1; avenges last year’s playoff loss
CHESAPEAKE CITY — If points were awarded for hustle, then Kent County’s boys would have come away with a victory Friday night in the first round of the Class 1A East Region soccer tournament.
“The bench was in it, the players were in it. This is one of the best moments we have had as a team all year,” assistant coach George Panas said during the first half of a closely contested match.
The Trojans (3-10) played up to their potential, he added.
But the much-improved Eagles, perhaps still smarting from last year’s 5-1 first-round loss in Chestertown, made the most of their opportunities to advance with a 2-1 win.
“Bo Manor was good. They moved the ball around nicely,” head coach Patrick Jones said.
“I thought our boys responded well and played with a lot of intensity. But we encountered the same problem we’ve had all season, we get the ball up on the offensive end and it kind of fizzles out. We try to move too quickly when we don’t have the support,” Jone said.
Junior midfielder Brandon Teixidor scored what held up to be the winning goal with 11 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. His shot nicked the post and rattled around a little to elude Kent keeper Jake Jones, snapping a 1-1 tie.
Sophomore forward Logan Catron, who had the assist on Teixidor’s game-winner, netted the first goal of the night — a header to the right post off a serve from the left at the 22:46 mark.
Kent leveled the score 2:44 later on a Mayowa Taiwo penalty kick that was awarded when Tad Jacob was tripped in the box. Taiwo is 7-of-7 in PKs this season.
The Trojans had the better scoring chances over the final 11 minutes of the first half. Dylan Hill made a terrific run down the right side and crossed along the end line into the center to Jacob, whose header sailed out of play.
With less than two minutes remaining before intermission, Hill put a shot on goal from close range that was saved.
Bo Manor held a slim 7-5 lead in shots in the first half.
Senior Jeremy Graham spelled Jones in the cage for the second half. He faced three shots on goal and stopped them all.
Graham was the Trojans’ opening-day keeper, but missed the next 11 matches due to a collarbone injury. He was medically cleared two weeks ago and practiced with the team the week leading up to Friday’s match.
Both sides ratcheted up their intensity level in the second half, when the officiating did not help Kent.
In the 45th minute, Bo Manor’s goalie took down Jacob with a slide tackle that appeared to have occurred inside the box. The official ruled that the play occurred outside of the box, so instead of a PK, Kent was awarded a direct kick.
In the 47th minute, Jacob was knocked down very forcefully during a scrum at midfield. He was helped off the field by coaches and a trainer, and did not return.
On the restart, Kenny Fowler, bumped up from center back to punch up the Trojans’ offense, booted a monstrous direct kick that landed deep in the box, bounced once and then sailed over the crossbar.
Hill and the Bo Manor goalie collided in the 48th minute on a breakaway. Instead of making a play on the ball, the goalie knocked the legs out from under Hill, sending him head over tail onto the turf.
That led to back-to-back corner kicks from the Trojans, and a shot from Casey Jackman
that was wide right.
Brendan McColigan, who came in for the injured Jacob, made a nice run down
the right side in the 60th minute but his breakaway was thwarted.
That was the last time that the Trojans mounted a serious scoring threat.
Nursing a one-goal lead, Bo Manor seemed content to boot the ball deep and
play prevent defense.
Of the season overall Jones said, “We were in most of the games we played, but it was frustrating not being able to finish. We put a lot of work into every game, but didn’t reap the benefits.”
Sophomore forward Noah Gilbert starts a counterattack for Kent County during Friday’s firstround playoff in the 1A East Region boys soccer tournament at Bo Manor.