Bucs handed second defeat in a row
Kent Island struggles on offense, as Indians never trail in first head-to-head victory since 2007
Things didn’t look quite so great for the Indians’ offense midway through the first quarter, though. While the defense forced three-and-outs on Kent Island’s first two possessions, the offense moved between the 20s then hurt itself three times in 90 seconds.
On second-and-long from Kent Island’s 39, Khalil Evans connected with Joshua Shockley on a pass play to the Bucs’ 1-yard line. But a false-start penalty and two holding flags cost the Indians almost all that yardage, pushing the ball back to the Kent Island 32. Wicomico (4-2) eventually turned the ball over on downs.
On their next possessions, the Indians scored, though, a 30-yard scoring romp by Jordan Briggs, and a Moses Ansari point-after made it 7-0, with 1:01 to go in the first quarter.
Kent Island moving into the Indians’ red zone for the first time on its next possession before being stopped inside the 10. Joe Garvey’s 26-yard field goal cut the Indians’ lead to 7-3 halfway through the second quarter. But that was as close as things got. Wi-Hi responded two possessions later, Evans finding Shockley for a 35-yard touchdown pass, to make it 14-3 with 2:28 to go before the half.
Kent Island, which won the opening coin toss and deferred, was set to receive the second-half kickoff. In an attempt to make it a one-score game, with the ball coming their way after the break, they tried a field goal on the last play of the half, from 22 yards out. But the snap was bad, and the improvised run was stopped.
“I felt pretty confident in how we matched up to them, especially our defense against their offense,” said Wicomico head coach Brian Hanson whose team held Kent Island to just eight first downs on the night. “And in the second half, when we were up two scores, I kind of thought that, you know, if the defense doesn’t absolutely play awfully, that we were in a good position at that point.
“These kids are giving it their best,” Hanson added. “We’ve played in some really tough 7-on-7 tournaments over the summer, against some really strong teams, and we’ve got some athletes.”
Said Ferragamo: “We’re just not getting the job done on offense right now. Wi-Hi just beat us. And next week, we’ve
a fine save on a curving direct kick by Mogel. But four minutes later, with 28:59 left in the half, Jordan Grard tallied off a deflected shot with a left-footer from 10 yards out for a 3-0 lead.
Mogel kicked in her first goal just over a minute later to end the first-half scoring. Lily Dixon hustled to collect the ball before it went past the end line and centered it to Mogel, who was left undefended inside the goal area.
Cambridge-SD’s first and only shot of the first half came from Brooke Windsor, who sent the ball over the right post with 3:20 remaining.
Brooks and the Vikings’ defense kept Kent Island from scoring in the final 27:54 of the half, but the Bucs scored on their first two shots of the second half to put the outcome out of doubt.
After a pass from Heath, Dixon settled a ball inside the goal area and scored inside the near post past Vikings goalie Jersey Knarr (13 saves).
Mogel scored off another assist from Heath sent from the right wing, kicking the ball ahead of Knarr, who had attempted to intervene. The Bucs led 6-0 with 35:11 remaining.
Rotert later netted a roller off a lead pass from Heath to make it 7-0 with 25:59 remaining. With an assist from Lauren Hartnett, Mogel tipped the ball past Knarr on a break and tallied with a right-footed roller to end the scoring at 14:40.
The Vikings only shot on goal came on a direct kick in the second half that was grabbed by Bucs goalie Cara Cunane. Leading the Bucs defense were Cassidy Creighton, Caroline Hurlebaus, Casey Smith, Charlotte Kratovil, Alex Torian, Blair Goodrich, and Alyssa Orlinski.
Next Tuesday, Kent Island is scheduled to play North Caroline, which has one loss to a North Bayside opponent, Queen Anne’s.
“The key is keeping everybody healthy, not having any injuries and being full strength,” Leach said. “Hopefully, we’ll have good news tomorrow and be at full strength versus North Caroline in a big game.” Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Island High’s Caroline Plank (9) controls the ball near midfield as Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Morgan Tracy (12) closes in during the first half Thursday evening at Schipul Stadium in Stevensville.
Kent Island High’s McKenzie Mogel controls the ball while looking to pass as Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Morgan Tracy looks on Thursday evening at Schipul Stadium in Stevensville.
Kent Island High’s Alyssa Orlinski (5) controls the ball under pressure from Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Natalie Kerr during the first half Thursday evening at Schipul Stadium in Stevensville.