QA’s win against Warriors decides N. Bayside race
Shutout of Easton catapults Kent Island to division crown
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 email@example.com
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.