Bo Manor ousts Kent, 2-1; avenges last year’s play­off loss

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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.”

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

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.

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