Bucs defense survives late surge, holds off QA’s
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).