North Caro­line soc­cer re­mains un­beaten

Three-goal sec­ond half cat­a­pults NC over the War­riors

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RIDGELY — There is no outof-town score­board at North Caro­line High. And even if there was, girls’ head soc­cer coach Joe Bild­stein would prob­a­bly yank the plug out of the wall, util­ity pole, gen­er­a­tor, or wher­ever the power was com­ing from.

“We tell them, ‘This game. This is the game we play,’” Bild­stein said of his team’s fo­cus. “We aren’t wor­ried about any other team. We just go with what we’re do­ing, which seems to be work­ing.” It sure does. Hai­ley Ch­ester scored the go-ahead goal mid­way through the first half, and Alex Law­ton scored 47 sec­onds af­ter half­time to trig­ger a three-goal sec­ond half Thurs­day as the Bull­dogs rolled to a 5-1 vic­tory over Easton to take over sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the North Bay­side Divi­sion.

While Kent Is­land was hand­ing Queen Anne’s its first loss in a divi­sion-shap­ing clash, North Caro­line im­proved to 5-0 over­all, 2-0 North Bay­side. The de­fend­ing Bay­side Con­fer­ence cham­pion Buc­ca­neers — who don’t play the Bull­dogs un­til Oct. 9 — raised their record to 1-2, 1-0, while Queen Anne’s slipped to 4-1, 1-1, and Easton’s record dipped to 3-2, 1-1.

“I felt our team in the first half of the first half put a lot of pres­sure up on their back line,” said Easton as­sis­tant Elle Pen­ning­ton, who was fill­ing in for head coach Phyli­cia Gre­go­rio Smith. “We held it in our of­fen­sive end, we had some nice lit­tle plays that re­ally put their back line on their heels a lit­tle bit to draw the foul to bring us to 1-1, which we’ve talked about that sce­nario mul­ti­ple times; to stay com­posed, and I thought they did a very good job with that.”

North Caro­line took a 1-0 lead 6 min­utes, 33 sec­onds into the game when an un­marked Corinne Webb con­verted a Law­ton cross from the left wing. Al­most 2 min­utes later, Easton’s Ju­lia Ham­mons was pulled down in the box, set­ting up Cat Chris­tian’s penalty kick for a 1-1 tie.

War­rior keeper Jess Mil­lard made a pair of saves over the next eight min­utes to main­tain the 1-1 dead­lock. But the Bull­dogs broke the stale­mate at the 24:50 mark, as Mil­lard stopped a point-blank drive with both hands, but couldn’t re­trieve the re­bound be­fore Ch­ester tucked the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead.

Then just 47 sec­onds into the sec­ond half, North Caro­line’s Pearl Sut­ton col­lected a ball from the right wing, and arched a high chip to­ward the goal, where Law­ton knocked the ball past Mil­lard for a 3-1 lead.

“It just kind of came in and I tried what­ever to get a body part on it,” Law­ton said with a laugh. “As long as it goes in. As long as it goes in the net it’s a goal.”

North Caro­line con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure.

Ch­ester was taken down in­side the box with 24:18 re­main­ing, set­ting up Tanya Haro’s penalty kick for a 4-1 cush­ion. The War­riors were called for an­other penalty in­side the box, which re­sulted in Law­ton steer­ing a PK just out of the reach of the lung­ing Mil­lard with 15:34 left.

“Sec­ond half we got a lit­tle bit tired,” Pen­ning­ton said. “We’re still work­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We have girls that haven’t been play­ing to­gether for too long. This is their first sea­son to­gether so we’re still work­ing on that re­la­tion­ship and build­ing that bond on and off the field.

“Sec­ond half they came out and that showed, that they’ve been play­ing to­gether,” Pen­ning­ton added of North Caro­line. “They worked the ball bet­ter than we did and we weren’t able to keep pos­ses­sion the sec­ond half.”

While the War­riors are work­ing to­ward be­com­ing a more co­he­sive unit, Bild­stein has been try­ing to de­velop depth dur­ing the first half of the sea­son, some­thing he thought cost his team in its 3-2 loss to Queen Anne’s in last year’s Class 2A East Sec­tion II fi­nal.

“Last year when we fi­nally got to Queen Anne’s in the play­offs, we ran out of depth,” Bild­stein said. “We fig­ured that was one of our goals this year, was to get some depth. And I think it’s help­ing. We go down the bench. It’s a whole team; keeps our girls fresh at the end of the game. I think at the end we had more gas in the tank.”

Mil­lard fin­ished with 12 saves. Vi­o­let Clarke made seven saves for the Bull­dogs, be­fore be­ing lifted for Alyssa Deck with 15:34 re­main­ing.

BOYS’ SOC­CER

Easton 1, Wi­comico 0

SAL­IS­BURY — Trent Weems scored off Devin Otwell’s pass for the game’s only goal, and keeper Alek Riedel made three saves as the War­riors im­proved to 3-1.

Park­side 2, Kent Is­land 0

SAL­IS­BURY — The Rams re­ceived two goals from Jor­dan Law, the first at the third minute, and sec­ond at the 77th minute, im­prov­ing to 3-0-1.

The Buc­ca­neers fell to 3-1, Jack­son Davis mak­ing 11 saves. Park­side out­shot Kent Is­land, 13-9.

VOL­LEY­BALL

Queen Anne’s 3, Colonel 0

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Ha­ley Stallings had 14 as­sists and eight aces, and Caitlin Pfeif­fer fin­ished with eight kills as the Lions de­feated the Colonels, 25-18, 25-11, 25-9.

Mad­die Tisher had five kills and three aces for Queen Anne’s County (3-1, 2-0), Kate Tol­son pro­duced nine digs, Aryelle Miles con­trib­uted six digs, and Alyssa Sofi­nowski added five digs.

Easton 3, N. Caro­line 0

EASTON — Myia Jeter net­ted nine kills and Josie Stock­man had three kills and a pair of aces the pace the War­riors, 25-15, 25-9, 25-16.

Jade Williams fin­ished with three kills for Easton (3-0, 2-0), which got two kills from Ashanti Stan­ley, three aces from Emily Griffith, two aces from Gabby Aguilar, and an ace from Kate Chap­ple.

North Dorch­ester 3, Wi­comico 2

SHILOH — The Ea­gles (3-1 over­all, 2-1 South Bay­side) won via scores of 25-19, 2519, 11-25, 21-25, and 15-5.

Jenna Usil­ton notched nine aces and Jor­dan Lewis reg­is­tered eight kills. Kay­ley Bradley added six blocks in a solid net per­for­mance.

Wi­comico is now 1-4, 1-3.

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY J.M. Ben­nett 3, Easton 1

SAL­IS­BURY — An­nie Wheat­ley scored in a los­ing ef­fort for the War­riors (1-3). Mykyla Jenk­ins made seven saves.

The Clip­pers im­proved to 3-0.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Caro­line’s Jor­dan Schaet­zly, left, bat­tles Easton’s Lily Os­borne for the ball dur­ing Thurs­day night’s first half.

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