Easton falls in playoffs
One goal proves enough for Parkside
SALISBURY — The weather could have been better Thursday afternoon, so could have the outcome for Easton High’s field hockey team.
Unlike a steady rain that stopped briefly near the end of both halves at Parkside High, the Rams’ offense never quit.
While Parkside didn’t have much success putting the ball into the goal, the Rams’ sustained attack kept the Warriors from mounting much offense.
Kaitlyn Morris deflected Sarah Diller’s drive with 8 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first half to account for all the scoring, as the Rams advanced to the Class 2A South Section II final with a 1-0 victory.
Parkside (5-7-1) is slated to play at Kent Island (14-0) on Monday for the section final. The Buccaneers blanked Stephen Decatur, 6-0, yesterday.
A wet, spongy field created difficult shot-making conditions but both teams also played solid defense, especially inside the broken circle.
Parkside controlled play from the start, creating four penalty-corner opportunities in the first five minutes, but didn’t muster a shot on goal. The Warriors’ defensive effort throughout was led by Molly Ford, Geneva Foster, Taylor Wass, Caroline Schuler, and Ellie Roser.
“It was a tough game,” said Easton head coach Caroline Bramble, whose team suffered its fourth one-goal loss of the season. “The rain slowed the field but we had a couple of opportunities we missed. I’m very proud of the way they played though and they hung in there. A 1-0 game against Parkside is a great game.”
With 11:40 left in the first half, Parkside finally got the ball close to the cage after a free hit from the right wing. But two close-range shots were knocked away by Easton goalie Isabelle Morrison.
Three minutes later, the Rams capitalized on their ninth penaltycorner opportunity. Maura Mears sent the corner pass to Diller at the top of the circle. Diller drove toward the left side of the goal area and Morris redirected it inside the left post.
With 5:36 left in the first half, Easton (3-10) produced its best scoring opportunity. Lexi McDaniel lifted consecutive shots on goal but Parkside goalie Tori Barmoy knocked both away to keep the Rams ahead.
Parkside outshot Easton 8-2 in the first half and had 12 corners compared to one for Easton.
“Our first half was a really pretty half of field hockey for us,” Rams head coach Kim Pelot said. “It started raining just before the game. It definitely slowed down the ball. I think especially in the second half the field deteriorated, but it deteriorated for both teams. I think we let it affect us more the second half than Easton did.”
Easton produced one other scoring opportunity early in the second half but it ended when Barmoy stopped McDaniel’s drive. The Rams’ senior goalie finished with three saves.
Morrison collected 10 saves for the Warriors.
Parkside beat Easton 1-0 in overtime in September. The Warriors had ousted the Rams from last year’s section playoffs.
“They’re a solid team,” Pelot said. “Obviously, last time we faced them it was an overtime win, but going back to last year, even though it’s a different team, they came here and beat us in doubleovertime in playoffs. I feel like they are a lot like us, that a lot of scores in their games could have gone one way or the other, a onegoal difference.”
It was the final game for Easton seniors Morrison, Foster, and Hannah Morris.
“Our defense has been our strong point all year long. They’ve kept us in every game we’ve been in,” Bramble said.
Kent Island 6, Stephen Decatur 0
STEVENSVILLE — Abby Carpenter, Celina Kaufman and Carlie Domogauer each scored a pair of goals as the defending region champions advanced to Monday’s section final.
Carpenter scored on a penalty stroke and also converted a Grace Boyer feed for a goal. Kaufman had one unassisted goal and scored another off a dish from Emily Keller. Emily Fronczek and Riley Tengwell each set up Domogauer for goals.
Goalie Hope Wobbe made three saves for the Buccaneers, who posted their 11th shutout, and have surrendered just three goals all season.
1A East Section I Playoffs Queen Anne’s 12, North Caroline 0
CENTREVILLE — Gabrielle Corder had a hat trick, and Sara Walford and Conner Allen each scored twice as the Lions stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Queen Anne’s (11-1-1) will host Kent County (10-3) Monday for the Section I final. The Lions edged the Trojans by strokes on Oct. 19.
Kelsey Graef, Paige Mitchell, Alexis Beaver, Kaitlyn Karns and Katie Ray each scored one goal for the Lions. Emily Lanehart (four saves) and Angie Riggelman shared the shutout.
Kent County 4, St. Michaels 0
WORTON — Maddie Taylor notched a hat trick as the Trojans earned a second date with Queen Anne’s County.
Caroline MacLeod set up Abby Crockett for Kent County’s fourth goal.
St. Michaels finished the season 3-10.
VOLLEYBALL Queen Anne’s 3, J.M. Bennett 0
SALISBURY — Kelly Cavanagh had six of the Lions’ 18 aces, and Becca Clay finished with 11 digs and seven kills as the North Bayside champions capped a 13-0 regular season with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 sweep of James M. Bennett.
Emma Feaga had seven kills and Kayla Blann totaled 14 assists for Queen Anne’s, which plays at Bennett (12-3) next Tuesday for the Bayside Conference championship. Thursday’s sweep was the Lions’ 10th this season.
Easton 3, Parkside 2
SALISBURY — Quinn Jennings had nine kills, three aces and a pair of blocks as the Warriors ended their three-match skid, with a 17-25, 1725, 25-19, 25-19, 15-12 come-frombehind victory over the Rams.
Anna Slaughenhoupt had nine kills, three aces and two blocks for Easton (5-10), Faith Whiteley finished with six kills, four aces and a block, and Rachel Quimby added four aces.
Easton’s Caroline Shuler blocks a shot by Parkside’s Maura Mears during the first half Thursday afternoon at Parkside High School.
Easton’s Lexi McDaniel drives the ball upfield defended by Parkside’s Mallory Wainright during the first half Thursday afternoon at Parkside High School.