Early goals by Bucs doom QA’s
Kent Island 5 — Queen Anne’s 2 KI starts fast in both halves against rivals, moves to 4-0; Knaggs, Allewalt score two each
STEVENSVILLE — The Buccaneers started fast each half and pumped in a penalty-kick goal late in the first for a comfortable 5-0 lead Monday evening at Schipul Stadium.
With reserves getting plenty of action in the second half, Kent Island High’s boys’ soccer team cruised to a 5-2 victory over county rival Queen Anne’s.
Kent Island remained unbeaten, improving to 4-0 overall, 2-0 North Bayside.
Ryan Knaggs and Kyle Allewalt each scored a pair of goals for the Bucs.
“I thought we came out just like I hoped we would and played well at the very beginning of the game,” Buccaneers head coach Lin Outten said. “I knew that they would be fired up to play us. They played us hard last year and they always come out really strong, so I knew we’d have to match that. So I was really pleased that we were able to put a lot of passes together and keep good possession early in the game and get the first goal.”
Allewalt opened the game’s scoring 7 minutes, 12 seconds into the contest. Off a corner kick by Michael Hagelin, Kent Island’s Blake Groves collided with Lion defenders in the crease on a
header and the ball caromed to Allewalt. From eight yards out, Allewalt sent a hard leftfooted shot high into the near corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later, the Bucs went up 2-0 on a passing sequence starting from the left wing. Carter Duncan sent the ball into the goal area from the wing. Groves leaped up and got a leg on the ball, redirecting it over to Knaggs, who kicked it into the left side of the goal.
Play became more balanced with both teams moving the ball up and down the field but with defensive efforts stymying attacks. Bucs goalie Jackson Davis (four saves) stopped a hard shot by Ian McGrory from 18 yards out and later punched away a centering pass by Josh Ratell. Lions goalie Jake Ascione (five saves) punched away a shot by Andy Mejia midway through the half.
Kent Island gained a corner kick with under two minutes to play in the half. Knaggs sent the ball into the goal area and it caromed off the leg of Andy Bamaca before hitting his arm. On the ensuing penalty kick, Allewalt rolled a right-footer into the left corner, as Ascione had guessed the other side, for a 3-0 lead at the half.
Any chance for a Queen Anne’s comeback disappeared quickly in the second half. With 61 seconds off the clock, Knaggs sent a leftfooted roller inside the left
post from 10 yards out, off an assist from Jackson Kratovil, for a 4-0 lead.
The Bucs lead grew to 5-0 with 23:33 remaining on a break sequence with Knaggs passing ahead to Groves, who centered to Kratovil for a goal inside the right post.
“To get two right away in the second half really sort of put the game out of reach,” Outten said. “I felt fortunate to get two quickly because five goals is such a big hole. They know they’re still in it at 3-0. We’re pretty deep. We sub pretty well. I’m confident when we rotate guys. … The last 15 minutes was basically the second group.”
The Lions got on the scoreboard with 13:20 remaining and with under 2 minutes. Bucs reserve goalie Ben Schrecongost (three saves) collided with a Queen Anne’s attacker to break up a pass attempt and the ball bounced over to Jayson Smith, who scored past defenders. Of f a lead pass by Rashad Brown, Bamaca beat defenders to the ball and got enough foot on a kick to ease it past the goal line before it was kicked away.
Kent Island finished with 14 shots on goal and five corner kicks. Queen Anne’s took 13 shots and had three corner kicks. Kent County 2, St. Michaels 1 WORTON — Ryan Santmyer scored twice, his second coming 5 minutes into the second overtime, as the Trojans edged the Saints.
Jack Gill scored for St. Michaels.
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Queen Anne’s Ian McGrory looks to advance the ball alongside Kent Island’s Jayden Kindel during the first half Monday evening at Schipul Stadium.