Lions come roaring out of the gate
QA’s uses 29-point first quarter to roll past Bennett
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CENTREVILLE — Stingy defenses and goalkeepers dominated Monday evening at Lions Stadium and one goal 10 minutes into the game decided the winner.
Queen Anne’s County High’s Noah Shade collected a long lead pass on a breakaway and kicked a roller past Colonel Richardson goalkeeper Remy Mangum into the left corner of the net for the game’s only tally.
With its 1-0 victory, the Lions boys’ soccer team improved to 1-1 overall, 1-0 North Bayside after a season-opening loss to Stephen Decatur. Colonel Richardson dropped to 1-1, 0-1 after an opening win over Washington.
After Shade’s goal, Colonel Richardson picked up its passing game and intensity and played even or better than Queen Anne’s the rest of the way, but could not find the net.
The Colonels finished with 16 shots compared to 12 for Queen Anne’s. They failed to capitalize on a penalty kick with 8:30 left in the first half, and nearly scored with 18:50 remaining in the game when officials couldn’t determine if the ball had crossed the goal line.
Colonel’s Nick Roop blasted a left-footed shot that bounced off the inside of the left post and squirted past Lions keeper Jake Ascione, but he reversed direction and pounced on the ball to gain possession. Colonel Richardson players argued the ball crossed the goal line, and the sideline referee signaled to indicate a goal had been scored. But after conferring with the lead official no goal was awarded because it was not clear if the entire ball had crossed the line.
“It was unlucky there and obviously we missed the penalty kick — we’ve got to convert those,” Colonels
head coach Brett Ireland said. “All in all, we had a good effort, no doubt. Defensively, I thought we played pretty solid. At times we certainly dictated the pace, and at times they had some play too. It was back and forth on both sides.”
Roop sent a penalty kick wide left of the cage after Queen Anne’s was called for a hand ball in the first half.
Despite missed opportunities, Colonel Richardson kept attacking and Queen Anne’s also continued to produce offense in end-to-end play, but neither team could get the ball into the net again.
Leading the Colonels’ defense were Matt Elmore, Greg Bee, Zach Bee, and Tyler Smith. Senior Austin Thomas led the Lions’ defense with help from Bradley Crew and Miguel Mata.
Ascione made the save of the game when he leaped high to tip the ball just over the crossbar after a well-placed arcing shot by Colonel’s Dylan Wilson early in the second half.
Ascione finished with nine saves while Mangum was credited with 10.
With 30:08 left in the game, Queen Anne’s Andy Bamaca kicked a left-footer that hit the far post and bounced out, which was one of many unrewarded attempts.
“We’ve got to finish,” Lions head coach Wade Hosler said. “I thought we played really well at least in the first half possessing the ball through the midfield. We just need to be better in the final third. We didn’t generate the scoring opportunities I’d liked, or finish the opportunities that I’d like us to finish.”
Trying to convert a breakaway, Roop collided with Ascione with 11:12 to play and walked off with an injury.
“Colonel’s a decent team; they play hard,” Hosler said. “They always have a good group of guys that go hard and play well together.”
Queen Anne’s travels to St. Michaels on Wednesday. Colonel Richardson hosts North Caroline.
“We get another chance Wednesday,” Ireland said. “We’ve got a day to recover and then we have North Caroline coming to our house. Hopefully, we’ll get a good practice in tomorrow and get ready to rock again.”
Easton 5, North Dorchester 1 EASTON — Carlos Hernandez had a goal and an assist as the Warriors opened North Bayside play with a victory over the Eagles.
Colin Elliott, Hayden Kessinger, Tucker Teale, and Mauro Garniga-Alvarado each scored once for Easton (2-0, 1-0), and Gerardo Ortiz picked up an assist. Goalie Blake Walton made three saves.
Gunston 7, Salisbur y Christian 3 CENTREVILLE — Evan Donohue’s four goals and two assists paced the Herons in Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference play.
Phillip Van Aremtin added a hat trick and dished two assists for Gunston, which improved to 3-1. Rick Archambault added an assist and his brother Adam Archambault made three saves.
GIRLS’ SOCCER Queen Anne’s 12, Wicomico 0
SALISBURY — Madison Ascione recorded a hat trick and Abby Blanchard scored twice and set up two goals as the Lions remained unbeaten.
Julia Reed scored two goals and set up another for Queen Anne’s (3-0), which also got a goal apiece from Shannon Donovan (assist), Kiwi Weddell, Emily Poad,
Kaytlyn Steigerwald, and Belen Jaramillo (assist). Savanna Corcoran also had one assist.
SSPP 7, Salisbur y School 0 EASTON — Caroline Murphy netted a pair of goals as the Sabres rolled past their ESIAC rival.
Cat Christian, Elena Esper, Clare Kelly, Sam Kyle, and Helena Covey each scored one goal for Saints Peter and Paul. FIELD HOCKEY Kent Island 4, St. Michaels 0 STEVENSVILLE — Emily Keller scored a pair of goals and set up one, and Abby Carpenter had a goal and an assist to lead the Bucs.
Celina Kaufman converted a pass from Keelyn Haarhoff just 3 minutes into the game to give Kent Island (2-0, 1-0) a 1-0 lead it carried into halftime. Keller’s two goals and Carpenter’s score helped the Bucs pull away in the second half. Sydney Barlow had an assist and goalie Hope Wobbe made four saves.
St. Michaels is 0-1, 0-1.
Queen Anne’s County running back Brandon Hickman gains yardage behind blockers Diondre Collins (13) and Tyler Bonner during the Lions’ 39-3 victory Friday evening against James M. Bennett.
Queen Anne’s Andy Bamaca, left, and Colonel Richardson’s Dylan Wilson collide during a head ball play Monday evening at Lions Stadium.