North girls rout the South team

Kent Is­land’s Azar col­lects hat trick

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

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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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