Bucs de­fense sur­vives late surge, holds off QA’s

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K. Is­land 2 — Q. Anne’s 1

CEN­TRE­VILLE — While Kent Is­land High’s field hockey team has got­ten off to an­other fast start this sea­son, head coach Jami Wilt con­sid­ers her squad pretty young, es­pe­cially on de­fense.

“My de­fense is ex­cep­tion­ally young,” Wilt said. “Other than my goalie, who was my backup goalie last year, I only have one re­turner from last year.”

That young de­fense passed what eas­ily was its stiffest con­fer­ence chal­lenge of the young sea­son Wed­nes­day, sur­viv­ing a big se­cond-half surge from Queen Anne’s County, that in­cluded 10 cor­ners, but ended with the Buccaneers pulling out a 2-1 vic­tory in a piv­otal North Bay­side Divi­sion game.

“We kind of felt as though this was go­ing to be rebuilding,” Wilt said of her de­fense, which yielded its first goal of the sea­son yesterday af­ter open­ing with three con­sec­u­tive shutouts. “And they have just stepped up and re­ally taken on the role; learned what they have to do. Def­i­nitely get­ting the job done.”

Queen Anne’s (2-1 over­all, 0-1 North Bay­side), which has al­ready logged im­pres­sive wins over defending Class 1A state cham­pion Po­comoke and Cr­is­field this year, looked de­ter­mined to erase its 2-0 half­time deficit, and fi­nally put a goal past Kent Is­land goalie Hope Wobbe (nine saves) 12 min­utes into the se­cond half when Sara Wal­ford scored off Kait­lyn Karns’ as­sist.

“The se­cond half they came out su­per ag­gres­sive and dom­i­nated of­fen­sively,” Wilt said of the Lions. “Our de­fense did a great job fight­ing them off.”

The five-time defending North cham­pi­ons, Kent Is­land (4-0, 3-0) took a 1-0 lead 4 min­utes into the game, when sopho­more Celina Kauf­man col­lected her own re­bound and flicked it past Queen Anne’s goalie Emily Lane­hart (six saves). That lead was stretched to 2-0 with 2 min­utes re­main­ing be­fore half­time when Kauf­man con­verted ju­nior Abby Car­pen­ter’s as­sist.

“Celina is pow­er­ful in the cir­cle,” Wilt said. “She stays in­cred­i­bly low. She has great vi­sion. She knows ex­actly where she’s sup­posed to be and she fol­lows di­rec­tion.

“So some­one like Abby, who’s such a leader on the field, can guide her where she wants her to be and Celina will be there,” Wilt added. “And that’s why the two of them just work so well to­gether. Abby sets her up so beau­ti­fully.” BOYS’ SOC­CER

Q. Anne’s 7, N. Dorch­ester 0 CEN­TRE­VILLE — Jayson Smith, Rudy Masarie­gos, Andy Ba­maca, Ian McGrory, Noah Shade, Avery Gil­bert and Josh Rat­tell each scored to pace the Lions past the Ea­gles. Kent Is­land 10, Cam­bridge-SD 1 CAM­BRIDGE — Jack­son Kra­tovil (as­sist), Ryan Knaggs (as­sist) and Jaden Ken­dall each scored twice as the Buccaneers re­mained un­beaten.

Con­nor Ab­planalp scored a goal and set up two oth­ers for Kent Is­land (3-0, 1-0), which also got one goal apiece from Blake Groves (as­sist), Michael Hagelin (as­sist) and Andi Me­jia. Kyle Alle­walt also was cred­ited with an as­sist.

Kent Is­land goalie Jack­son Davis didn’t need to make a save in the first half. Ben Schre­con­gost made one save in the se­cond half. Colonel Richard­son 1,

Kent County 0 AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Goalie Remy Mangum recorded nine saves, and Brock­man Har­ris scored off Noah Webb’s feed 15 min­utes into the game to lift Colonel Richard­son (2-2, 1-2).

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