Queen Anne’s girls lose key tilt to county ri­val

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

K. Is­land 4 — QA’s 1

STEVENSVILLE — The Bucs passed and fin­ished Tues­day evening. The Lions broke free and didn’t.

Kent Is­land High’s girls’ soc­cer team got goals from four dif­fer­ent play­ers and never trailed in a 4-1 vic­tory over county and divi­sion ri­val Queen Anne’s at Schipul Sta­dium.

Jen Azar, McKen­zie Mo­gel, Brianna Mil­lett, and Jade Ewing each tal­lied for the Bucs, who im­proved to 4-1 over­all, 2-0 in the North Bay­side. Com­bined with Eas­ton’s 2-2 dou­ble-over­time tie with North Caro­line on Tues­day, Kent Is­land took the lead in the divi­sion race.

Buccaneers goalie Madi Banks recorded 10 saves with sup­port from her de­fense to limit the Lions to a sin­gle goal in the se­cond half.

“They played awe­some. They re­ally did,” Bucs head coach Lynda Ke­p­ley said. “We’ve been work­ing re­ally hard on mov­ing the ball and tak­ing the ball down the field and they did it. They wanted this game. They played their game. They played as a team. They did their crosses, their passes, and they de­fended very well. Madi’s a great goalie.”

Queen Anne’s suf­fered its first loss of the sea­son, fall­ing to 4-1 over­all, 1-1 in the North.

“Kent Is­land came out and played well. They de­served to win this game,” Lions head coach Mike Kern said. “They beat us to the ball. They had a lit­tle more hus­tle than we did. We had some good chances and the game could have been dif­fer­ent if you cap­i­tal­ize on a cou­ple of them, but in­stead they cap­i­tal­ized. We did not play one of our bet­ter games to­day.”

The Bucs passed well, es­pe­cially early, to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties. Their ef­forts paid off 10 min­utes into the first half when Grace Schilling, on the left wing, passed in­side to Azar run­ning to­ward the goal on the left in­ner por­tion of the field. Azar pushed the ball ahead and placed a roller from close range in­side the left cor­ner of the goal, past Lions goalie Emma Hill, for a 1-0 lead.

Play moved back and forth through­out the first half with most of the Lions’ op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing on break­aways re­sult­ing from long lead kicks. But the Bucs’ de­fense, led by Morgan Gunn, Natalie Schilling, and Casey Smith, ap­plied enough pres­sure, and Banks cut down enough an­gles, to keep the Lions from find­ing the net.

Banks’ coun­ter­part, Hill (8 saves), kept it a 1-0 game with a one-on-one save on Azar’s hard shot with 25:50 left in the first half. Mo­ments later, Queen Anne’s Madi­son As­cione had a chance to tie the game with a break­away shot thwarted by Banks. With 11:10 left in the half, Mo­gel hit the left post with a shot and Hill scram­bled to gain con­trol of the re­bound.

The Lions even­tu­ally struck again with Grace Schilling again sup­ply­ing a lead as­sist. This time Mo­gel col­lected the ball and banged in a left-footer in­side the left post for a 2-0 lead with 6:31 left in the half.

Queen Anne’s came out strong in the se­cond half and cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties to score but still couldn’t find the goal. Shan­non Dono­van shot wide left, off a pass from As­cione, to open the half. Abby Folker’s cor­ner kick sailed over ev­ery­one in the crease. Abby Blan­chard cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity for As­cione but Banks at­tacked the play to make a save.

With 18:35 re­main­ing, Kent Is­land’s Ally Heath sent the ball into the crease and af­ter a col­li­sion in­side Mil­lett scored from close range to make it 3-0.

Queen Anne’s re­sponded four min­utes later when Sa­vanna Cor­co­ran con­verted a re­bound af­ter a de­flected shot by Lauren Frank. But the Bucs coun­tered with 11:15 left to end the scoring. Ewing broke free on the left side of Queen Anne’s de­fense from 30 yards out and drib­bled ahead be­fore scoring with a

roller to the left side.

The Lions’ last good chance came on a close-range penalty op­por­tu­nity with 4:30 to play, but Cor­co­ran’s shot hit the cross­bar.

The Bucs out­shot Queen Anne’s 20-16. Queen Anne’s led in penalty cor­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties with 6 com­pared to 4 for Kent Is­land.

“The girls on this team

are ex­tremely ded­i­cated to the team,” Ke­p­ley said. “But they’re also very will­ing to give 110 per­cent no mat­ter where, if they’re on the bench, if they’re on the field at prac­tice. They’re work­ing re­ally hard. They re­ally want it.”

Gun­ston 6, W. Not­ting­ham 4 CEN­TRE­VILLE — Fresh­man Lily Judd had two goals and two as­sists, and Momoka Watanbe scored twice as Gun­ston won its third straight while tak­ing over first place

in the North Mary­land Soc­cer League.

Alice Agee and Lily Phipps each scored a goal for the Herons, who im­proved to 3-2, 2-0. Me­gan Prochaska picked up a pair of as­sists, and keeper Ryleigh Paskosko made five saves.

It’s the first time in four years Gun­ston’s girls’ soc­cer team has had a win­ning record, ac­cord­ing to head coach Jon Mellinger. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ csknauss Email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s Abby Zsebe­dics looks to kick the ball up­field as Kent Is­land’s Grace Schilling closes in Tues­day evening at Schipul Sta­dium.

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