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

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

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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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