KI 3 — Cr­is­field 1

Sib­lings power the at­tack as KI moves per­fect mark to 9-0

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

CR­IS­FIELD — A 2½-hour bus ride to a big game is no con­cern, when your best friend is with you.

The Kauf­man sis­ters — se­nior Ce­lena and sopho­more Ella — scored their team’s first and last goals Wed­nes­day, as Kent Is­land High’s field hockey team made its third trip to a South Bay­side school in a week but re­mained un­beaten with a 3-1 win over Cr­is­field.

“She’s my team­mate, and she’s my best friend,” Ce­lena Kauf­man said of her younger sis­ter. “And it’s been great hav­ing her to play with. We talk all the time, and re­ally, the whole team is a bunch of friends. We com­mu­ni­cate re­ally well with each other, and it’s... just great to be able to play to­gether, and to keep win­ning.”

The vic­tory marked the eighth shutout of the sea­son for the Buc­ca­neers (9-0), who’ve al­lowed just one all sea­son, that in Mon­day’s 3-1 vic­tory over James M. Ben­nett. The long bus rides — 2½ hours to Po­comoke High on Sept. 28, over 90 min­utes to Ben­nett on Mon­day, and more than two hours to Cr­is­field on Wed­nes­day “is tough. It is re­ally tough,” Bucs head coach Jami Wilt said. “It’s wear and tear on them. I said to the girls, I know they’re phys­i­cally ex­hausted. They get home late, and then they have home­work. And then the next day they have to get up and do it all over again.

“Plus, we’re young. We grad­u­ated 13 last year,” Wilt added. “We grad­u­ated an en­tire team. And for them to be able to keep play­ing the way they did, it’s been just great.”

Ce­lena Kauf­man’s goal, a hard slap off a penalty cor­ner, which found its way through a gag­gle of bodies in the game’s eighth minute, made it 1-0. It stayed that way un­til Mag­gie Sil­ver threaded the nee­dle be­tween sev­eral play­ers for a 2-0 Kent Is­land lead less than 90 sec­onds be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

The first half, Wilt said, was a strong per­for­mance for her team, but the Crab­bers (5-3) ral­lied in the sec­ond half.

“I feel like, at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half, Cr­is­field came out and they were dom­i­nat­ing,” Wilt said. “First half, they didn’t have a shot on my goalie, and sec­ond half, they came out

and they were pound­ing the shots.”

One of those shots, by Noel Atkins eight min­utes into the sec­ond half, cut the Bucs’ lead to 2-1. But the score, and the sub­se­quent con­tin­ued pres­sure, pro­duced a pos­i­tive re­sult.

“They got their backs against the wall a lit­tle bit,” Wilt said, “and then they came alive. I think they re­al­ized that you have to play all 60 min­utes. And they fin­ished well.”

Ella Kauf­man’s score in the game’s clos­ing mo­ments pro­vided some in­sur­ance. Though Cr­is­field pushed to­ward the Bucs’ goal as the clock ex­pired, the Buc­ca­neer de­fense, which helped the team com­pile a 16-9 ad­van­tage in shots on goal, held firm.

“It’s great play­ing with my sis­ter,” Ella Kauf­man said af­ter the win. “We first started play­ing when... I was in sec­ond grade, so yeah, it’s been fun for a long time. And the team around us is great too.” Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

@SDBaysideS­ports.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/ DWAYNE CHMIELEWSKI

Kent Is­land’s Cam­bell Beach, left, and Mag­gie Sil­ver bat­tle for a loose sec­ond-half ball against Cr­is­field’s Evyan Pot­ter on Wed­nes­day.

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