De­fend­ing champs oust Tro­jans in 1A East

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

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.

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