QA’s win against War­riors de­cides N. Bay­side race

Shutout of Eas­ton cat­a­pults Kent Is­land to di­vi­sion crown

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­

EAS­TON — Three teams will end this reg­u­lar sea­son with only one di­vi­sion loss in the North Bay­side girls’ soccer stand­ings. Tues­day evening, Queen Anne’s County High handed Eas­ton its lone loss.

Abby Blan­chard scored in the 13th minute off Ju­lia Reed’s as­sist, and the Lions held on for a 1-0 vic­tory at War­rior Sta­dium.

With Queen Anne’s vic­tory and Kent Is­land’s 6-1 win at North Caro­line, the Buc­ca­neers (8-2 over­all, 6-1 North Bay­side) claimed the North di­vi­sion ti­tle for the first time since 2007, win­ning a tiebreaker due to their 4-1 win at home over the Lions in Septem­ber. Eas­ton (6-2-1, 5-1-1), which had not been beaten, had a tie against North Caro­line, so Tues­day’s loss knocked it out of con­tention.

“We did our part here; too bad we didn’t do our part down at Kent Is­land,” Lions head coach Mike Kern said af­ter his team im­proved to 9-1 over­all, 6-1 North Bay­side.

The Lions dom­i­nated through­out against Eas­ton, but could only find the net once.

On the scor­ing play, at first Blan­chard had trou­ble con­trol­ling the lead pass from Reed in the mid­dle of the field. But she repo­si­tioned the ball, just ahead of a pair of clos­ing de­fend­ers, and blasted a right-footer, from about 14 yards out, in­side the right post.

Both teams’ de­fenses took over from there. The Lions got stel­lar de­fense from Emily Poad, Taryn Pa­trick, Mea­gan Luke­hart and Abby Folker, and also solid mid­field play from Kel­lan Wed­dell, Madi­son As­cione, Reed and Blan­chard.

“Our de­fense, we’re led by a group of se­niors back there who have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and it showed tonight,” Kern said. “They did a good job. We limited their

op­por­tu­ni­ties for the most part. I’m not re­ally sure Emma had to make a re­ally hard save at all. I thought we did a good job de­fen­sively; in the mid­field we kind of con­trolled it.”

Lions goalie Emma Hill didn’t have to make a dif­fi­cult save on a shot the en­tire evening, but she did col­lide with Eas­ton at­tack­ers three times to thwart po­ten­tial goal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Hill col­lided with Mi­randa Wal­ton to stop a break op­por tu­nity set up by an arc­ing pass from Gin­ger Louis in the 10th minute. She banged into Wal­ton again in the 37th minute while mak­ing a save on a 30-yard di­rect kick by Louis, and again knocked into an Eas­ton at­tacker in the clos­ing sec­onds of the first half. Bruised on the play, Hill re­turned to tend the net af­ter the half.

With un­der two min­utes left in the first half, Wal­ton and a de­fender col­lided and the War­riors lost her ser­vices (an­kle) for the rest of the game.

“It was tough from the gitgo. We were try­ing to get Molly [Oer­tel] the ball a lit­tle bit and when Mi­randa went down with her in­jury that kind of limited us on what we were try­ing to do,” War­riors head coach Mike Leach said.

Ex­cept for the lone goal, Eas­ton’s de­fense held strong with solid play from Jada Mur­ray, Ken­dall Scharch, Gwen Steven­son, and Pyper Keeney.

War­riors goalie Mi­randa Otwell recorded 11 saves, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple saves on a flurry of shots in front of the left post in the 67th minute.

“I tell you, their goalie I give her a lot of credit. We put some pres­sure on her and she made a cou­ple great saves,” Kern said. “I wish we would have got­ten another one in there, but we got the win. It was a good solid game. Eas­ton’s a tough team.”

The Lions amassed 24 shots and earned eight cor­ner kicks com­pared to five shots for Eas­ton and one cor­ner. Kent Is­land 6, N. Caro­line 1 RIDGELY — Bri­anna Mil­lett scored a pair of goals and set up one, as the Buc­ca­neers — with their win and Queen Anne’s 1-0 vic­tory over Eas­ton — clinched the North Bay­side ti­tle for the first time since 2007.

Ally Heath, Mada­lyn Messer­smith, Mcken­zie Mo­gel, and Casey Smith each had one goal for Kent Is­land (82, 6-1). Brooke Groves was cred­ited with a pair of as­sists, and goalie Madi Banks made eight saves. FIELD HOCKEY Queen Anne’s 3,

St. Michaels 0 CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sara Wal­ford, Con­ner Allen, and Kelsey Graef each scored once, and Emily Lane­hart recorded four saves as the Lions notched their fourth shutout.

Macken­zie Man­des had an as­sist for Queen Anne’s County (7-1-1, 3-1), which ex­tended its un­beaten streak to six.

Kent Is­land 2, Mount de Sales 0 CA­TONSVILLE — Syd­ney Holtzner scored off a cor­ner 8 min­utes into the game, and Emily Keller con­verted Abby Car­pen­ter’s feed with 9 min­utes left in the first half, as the Buc­ca­neers went on to post their sev­enth shutout in eight games. Hope Wobbe made six saves for Kent Is­land (8-0), which has yielded just one goal this sea­son. VOL­LEY­BALL Kent Is­land 3, Kent County 0 WORTON — Han­nah Mo­ran net­ted 18 digs and nine kills, and Macey Strunk fin­ished with 15 digs and a pair of kills to lead the Buc­ca­neers, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11. Ok­sana Fesz added 10 digs for Kent Is­land (5-3, 4-3), and Vic­to­ria Zens had five kills. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss Email me at ck­


Queen Anne’s Kee­lan Wed­dell tries to keep the ball away from Eas­ton’s Katie Ham­mond (8) and Maija Grif­fioen at War­rior Sta­dium on Tues­day evening.


Queen Anne’s Madi­son As­cione be­gins a break op­por­tu­nity as team­mate Lau­ren Frank heads up­field dur­ing the Lions’ 1-0 vic­tory Tues­day evening at War­rior Sta­dium. Also pic­tured is Eas­ton’s Gin­ger Louis.


Queen Anne’s Ju­lia Reed, right, and Eas­ton’s Gin­ger Louis bat­tle for pos­ses­sion Tues­day evening at War­rior Sta­dium.

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