Defending champs oust Trojans in 1A East
BEL AIR — Kent County had the unfortunate draw of Patterson Mill in the second round of the Class 1A East Region girls soccer tournament. That Patterson Mill. The state runner-up in each of the last three years.
The Huskies (12-3-1) appear poised to make another bid for a berth in the state final after dismissing the youthful Trojans, 11-0, last week.
“We knew facing Patterson Mill was going to be tough. ... We are a young team and we are still making our way to match Patterson Mill’s high level of play,” Kent coach Rachael Gugasian said after the Oct. 30 match.
“It was a tough way to end the season, but I am so proud of how far we’ve gone this year,” she added. The Trojans, who have only four seniors on their roster of 24, finish 6-8 — much better than last year’s 2-10-1 campaign.
Gugasian said she was “thrilled with the amount of improvement from our previous season,” which she attributed to persistence and hard work.
Patterson Mill advanced to the region final with three consecutive wins by shutout, outscoring its collective opponents by a 22-0 count.
In the other half of the 1A East bracket, Cambridge (9-4) ousted North Dorchester, 9-1, and Mardela, 5-1, to reach the championship match.
The region final was to be played Tuesday after the newspaper went to press.
Coach Rachael Gugasian led Kent’s girls to a six-win season.