North girls rout the South team
Kent Island’s Azar collects hat trick
North 8 — South 2
EASTON — Pre-game conversation at Easton High described this year’s North Bayside seniors as one of the most talented classes in recent memory.
Those seniors proved they could also play together as a team during Tuesday evening’s Bayside Conference girls’ senior all-star soccer game at brisk Warrior Stadium.
Kent Island’s Jen Azar earned a hat trick and five different North players, including three Buccaneers, scored in a dominating 8-2 victory over the South.
“This is just a really good group of girls from all the schools,” said Kent Island head coach Lynda Kepley, who coached the North. “We got together twice and practiced and the girls all worked hard. Just watching them practice, they would just pass the ball to each other. It’s like they’ve been playing together with each other for a while. They’re all dedicated to the sport. They’re all good players. They all wanted to win. They all had a great time at it.”
Queen Anne’s Madison Ascione opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game with a right-footed blast from 20 yards out into the left side of the net. Brianna Millett (Kent Island) scored two minutes later from close range, and Azar pumped in her first goal, capitalizing on a poor goal kick by the South, as the North jumped in front 3-0 with 22:35 remaining in the first half.
Parkside’s Blair Vilov scored on a penalty kick with a roller to the right side of the net with 14:44 left in the opening half, but the North answered with two more goals to finish the half.
Crisp passing, unselfish play, and the ability to capitalize on opportunities provided the winning formula for the North.
“They wanted to beat the South. It’s been a while since they beat the South and they wanted to do it,” Kepley said. “I told them at practice, ‘You guys have the team to do it, you’ll do it,’ and they did.”
Azar made it 4-1 with a well-struck shot from the right wing that sailed inside the far post with under two minutes left in the opening half. Queen Anne’s Savanna Corcoran also scored before the half with a left-footed roller, getting an assist from Ascione.
Emma Hill (Queen Anne’s) and Miranda Otwell (Easton) shared duties in goal to limit the South to two goals. Vilov also scored the South’s other goal with a slick move to dodge a defender on the right wing before blasting a left-footer to make it 5-2 with 20:43 left in the second half. For Vilov, who is headed to Old Dominion University, it was the 103rd and final goal of her high school career. Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Alyssa Swann scored into an open net after a save by Kasi Nicolas (Parkside) for a 6-2 North lead with 9:22 to play.
Brooke Groves (Kent Island) scored off a corner kick by Emily Poad (Queen Anne’s) to make it 7-2. Azar completed the scoring on a breakaway shot after collecting a lead pass from Corcoran in the final two minutes.
“It was really cool because this is the last game I’ll ever get to play with those girls,” said Azar after photos with her teammates and coaches from Kent Island. “The way we got to come together and play as a team, even though we haven’t been together a lot, was really cool. I thought we played awesome. We jelled amazingly. The team was all-around awesome.”
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Natalie Schilling of Kent Island, right, is fouled by Parkside’s Alyssa Venere during the Bayside Conference senior all-star soccer game last Tuesday evening at Easton High School.