Colonel’s An­nie Har­ris nets golden goal

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

WORTON — Be­fore Mon­day’s girls’ soc­cer game be­tween Colonel Richard­son and Kent County High, play­ers stood united by tak­ing a lap around the field with Amer­ica flags to honor the vic­tims from the Sept. 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

What fol­lowed was a spir­ited game that was ex­tended by Colonel se­nior An­nie Har­ris, who scored the ty­ing goal with 2 min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion, then net­ted the golden goal 5 min­utes into the ex­tra ses­sion to cap a 2-1 Colonels’ vic­tory.

The Colonels (1-1 over­all, 1-1 North Bay­side) spent much of the last 15 min­utes of the sec­ond half at­tack­ing in the Tro­jans’ zone, but Kent County goal­keeper Paulina Panas kept Colonel score­less. Panas re­ceived help from her de­fend­ers, in­clud­ing Madi­son Ken­dall, who stopped drives and blocked sev­eral shots.

But with two min­utes left, Colonel’s re­lent­less at­tack found space, and Har­ris de­liv­ered with a left-footer into the back of the net for the equal­izer.

In over­time, the Tro­jans went on the at­tack, but twice Colonel goal­keeper Han­nah Holmes made saves, and a Jamie Heavlow shot went wide.

The Colonels coun­tered with a strong drive up the side­line by se­nior Kaylie Moore. She found Har­ris, who chipped the ball into the right cor­ner. Har­ris cen­tered the ball to Maddy Christo­pher. Kent County tried to clear but the ball went out of bounds.

A strong throw by Moore went to Har­ris who dropped a pass back to Moore. Her strong drive was blocked, but Har­ris got con­trol of the re­bound, and lofted a shot into the top left cor­ner of the goal for the win­ner.

“An­nie is a great leader out on the field,” Colonel head coach Jeremy Roop said. “She wants it. If you watch her on the field, she is al­ways mov­ing. An­nie found some open space and got the two big goals.

“The girls never gave up,” Roop added. “We were able to keep the de­fense con­stantly mov­ing with our drib­bles and passes. They got chas­ing us, which cre­ated open lanes for qual­ity scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. It worked. We played hard and never gave up.”

Kent County as­sis­tant Ed Stack pro­vided the flags for the pre-game open­ing lap by both teams.

“I thought it was some­thing great we could do to re­mem­ber 9/11,” Tro­jan head coach Racheal Gu­gasian said. “We were happy to do this with Colonel Richard­son. We are com­peti­tors, but we are also united.”

Roop echoed Gu­gasian’s thoughts.

“It is a spe­cial moment to see the two teams come to­gether for the lap,” he said. “It was a great idea for the Kent County coach­ing staff, and it was great to show our sup­port.”

Kent County took 1-0 lead on a goal by Ce­cilia Llames in the 26th minute. The Colonels coun­tered min­utes later on a break­away by Har­ris, but Ken­dall foiled the drive and cleared the ball.

In the 36th minute, the Tro­jans looked to add to their lead, but a Llames shot sailed wide. Just be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, Christo­pher feed Har­ris who fired a shot that hit the side of the post and out of play.

“It was a tough bat­tle, but is was a good game,” Gu­gasian said. “Each side worked re­ally hard. We are work­ing to al­ways get bet­ter.

“I think we are do­ing a good job at get­ting bet­ter each prac­tice, each game,” she added. “I’m happy with the ef­fort, and how the team con­tin­ues to get bet­ter.”

At the start of the sec­ond half, the Colonels got three qual­ity chances. The first came when Moore passed to Macken­zie Covey, who fed Sarah Gille­spie. She cor­ralled the pass but her shot went above the cross­bar.

Min­utes later, Moore drove down the right side, and dished to Har­ris who crossed over to her right foot and fire a shot wide. Covey had a good chance on the next pos­ses­sion, but was de­nied by Panas.

When the Tro­jans be­gan their coun­ter­at­tack, the Colonel de­fend­ers Natalie Southard, Rea­gan Tull, Maleaha Webb and Rea­gan Mangum halted the drives by gain­ing pos­ses­sion and mov­ing the ball to the out­side.

“The de­fense did a great job at get­ting the ball to the out­side,” Roop said. “It al­lowed us to be­gin to work the ball up the field.”

The Colonels are slated to host Mardela at 5:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 13, while Kent County trav­els to Snow Hill for a 5:30 p.m. game.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s An­nie Har­ris fires a shot on net against Kent County Mon­day, Sept. 11. Har­ris scored late to tie the game, and won the game with a goal in over­time for the Colonels.

Colonel Richard­son’s Natalie Southard clears the ball in a vic­tory over Kent County Mon­day, Sept. 11.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s An­nie Har­ris gets hugs team­mates Kaylie Moore, Sarah Gille­spie, Macken­zie Covey and Maddy Christo­pher af­ter Har­ris scored the game-win­ning goal in over­time against Kent County Mon­day, Sept. 11.

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