Bucs clinch third straight North Bay­side ti­tle

Tin­jum scores win­ning goal in 32nd minute for Kent Is­land

Times-Record - - SPORTS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

RIDGELY — Fri­day’s show­case fea­tured the first-place Kent Is­land High boys’ soc­cer team at sec­ond-place North Caro­line with the North Bay­side cham­pi­onship on the line.

The Buc­ca­neers en­gi­neered a 3-1 vic­tory to clinch their third straight divi­sion crown and earn a berth in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship Tues­day, Oct. 23.

“We knew they are real tough to play against,” Kent Is­land head coach Lin Out­ten said. “North Caro­line played great. They were ex­cel­lent. This was a great game to be a part of.

“Our guys did a great job against a tough op­po­nent,” Out­ten added. “We are happy to get the win. I would not be shocked if we had to play them again down the road.”

The Buc­ca­neers (9-1 over­all, 7-0 North Bay­side) nearly took the lead with a trio of chances in the seventh minute. Bryan Lang­ford’s shot de­flected wide but re­sulted in a cor­ner kick. James Con­soli gath­ered a loose ball off the cor­ner and shot, but hit the post and North Caro­line cleared.

In the 15th minute, Kent Is­land’s Car­son Colombo dished to Alex Weese who fired and scored for a 1-0 lead.

The Bull­dogs (5-4-1, 5-1-1) im­me­di­ately coun­tered with sus­tained rushes. North Caro­line’s Liam Dow­dall earned a free kick in the 22nd minute when he was fouled just out­side the goal box. Justin Tasker lofted the en­su­ing free kick to­ward the net, where Eli Canade’s header was saved by Bucs goalie Jack­son Davis. Chaos en­sued with the ball loose in front of the net. Kent Is­land tried clear­ing, but North Caro­line’s Jar­rett Porter charged in and buried the equal­izer for a 1-1 tie.

“It was a great re­sponse by us af­ter be­ing down,” North Caro­line head coach John Austin said. “We work set pieces all year, and do them re­ally well.

“Jar­rett plays de­fense for us, but he is a big part of our cor­ners and free kicks be­cause of his size,” Austin added. “It was a big goal. Our guys worked hard to get the free kick, and we con­verted.”

Kent Is­land’s go-ahead score came from Mad­dox Tin­jum in the 32nd minute. Cameron Cha cor­ralled a loose ball in the mid­dle of the field, and de­liv­ered a pass across to Ja­son Kazzi along the right side­line. Kazzi then sailed a long pass to Con­soli who played the ball back through the mid­dle, where Tin­jum scored for a 2-1 Kent Is­land lead.

“That was a beau­ti­ful goal,” Out­ten said. “Quick, pre­cise passes pro­vide the open space we needed. We are con­fi­dant we are able to pos­sess the ball enough to get some chances like (that). It was a great an­swer for us.

“The way North Caro­line fought back to tie us up was im­pres­sive,” Out­ten added. “We knew their throw-ins and cor­ner kicks were go­ing to be re­ally dan­ger­ous, and they were. They were a threat the whole game.”

North Caro­line pushed for the equal­izer at the out­set of the sec­ond half. Porter looked long for Dow­dall in the 43rd minute. Dow­dall crossed his drib­ble twice to cre­ate an open­ing, but shot wide.

Min­utes later, Dow­dall broke free and raced to­ward the right post. He hit a cross to Brett Blue, whose left­footed shot was stopped by a div­ing Davis.

“The sec­ond half, we re­ally chal­lenged more,” Austin said. “In the first half, Kent Is­land would get the ball at their feet, and we were just a step be­hind them. That gave them a lot more pos­ses­sion. Our guys made that cor­rec­tion at half­time.

“From there, it was a com­pletely even game,” Austin added. “We played re­ally well in the sec­ond half. We cre­ated a lot of chances. We played the right way.”

A heads-up play by Luke Pat­ter­son in the 59th minute gave the Buc­ca­neers an in­sur­ance score.

A long pass over­shot a Kent Is­land striker to the left of the goal box. Bull­dog keeper Mer­rick Wood raced to gain pos­ses­sion, send­ing a clear to­ward mid­field. But Pat­ter­son cor­ralled the ball about 50 yards from net and

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un­loaded a blast that beat Wood high for a 3-1 lead.

“Of­ten­times, it is hard to rec­og­nize where the goalie is be­cause you are so far from goal,” Out­ten said. “The fact that Luke had a pres­ence of mind to see the shot was open and hit it quickly, was a great play. We needed a third goal with the way North Caro­line was com­ing at us. We are thank­ful Luke was able to put that one in.”

The Buc­ca­neers also ben­e­fited from the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Davis, a four-year starter in net. Davis di­rected traf­fic for the Bucs’ counter at­tack, al­low­ing Kent Is­land to pen­e­trate the of­fen­sive end.

“As a se­nior and cap­tain, he em­braces his role as a lead­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tor out there,” Out­ten said of Davis. “He has done a great job.

“You need a gen­eral in the back di­rect­ing the move­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause he can see so much of the field,” Out­ten con­tin­ued. “There is so much chaos so hav­ing Jack­son di­rect­ing out there gives us an ad­van­tage.”

Austin said he was proud of the Bull­dogs’ ef­fort.

“This is prob­a­bly the best game we’ve played in about a month,” he said. “This shows we are grow­ing as a team.

“It is not ev­ery day you get to play for the North cham­pi­onship,” Austin added. “Lin is a great coach, and he has a great team. It was a high-qual­ity soc­cer game with two re­ally good teams. Hope­fully ev­ery­thing works out and we’ll see them again.”

GIRLS’ SOC­CER Kent Is­land 11, Kent County 0

STEVENSVILLE — Ash­lee Rotert had three goals and set up four oth­ers, and McKen­zie Mo­gel also notched a hat trick and dished three as­sists Fri­day, as the Buc­ca­neers clinched their third con­sec­u­tive North Bay­side ti­tle.

Win­ners of seven straight, the Buc­ca­neers (7-2, 6-0) are slated to wrap up their divi­sion sched­ule on Mon­day at Eas­ton. Even if Kent Is­land lost to the War­riors, it would still win the North be­cause it de­feated Queen Anne’s (9-2, 6-1) in their reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing ear­lier this year.

Kylie Mars­den, Tay­lor Rif­fle, Alyssa Or­lin­ski, Ally Heath (two as­sists) and Jor­dan Grard each scored for Kent Is­land. Morgan Gunn, Biggs Helfen­bein and KK Karnes had one as­sist apiece. Start­ing goalie Madi Banks wasn’t re­quired to make any saves be­fore be­ing re­placed by Cara Cu­nane, who made two saves.

Kent County slipped to 4-7, 1-5.

FIELD HOCKEY Queen Anne’s 2, St. Michaels 1

CENTREVILLE — Casey Sweitzer set up goals by Saman­tha Man­des and Faith Corder on Satur­day morn­ing to lift the Lions past St. Michaels.

The de­fend­ing North Baysidecham­pion Lions (8-2, 4-0) will look to clinch their sec­ond straight divi­sion ti­tle on Wed­nes­day when they play at Kent Is­land (11-0, 4-0).

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Justin Tasker sur­veys the field against Kent Is­land Fri­day, Oct. 12.

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