WORTON — Second-half goals from Olivia Jones and Gracie Walters on March 30 lifted the Trojans to their fifth win of the COVID-altered soccer season.
With three matches remaining, Kent County's girls already have surpassed their win total of their last season, which was the fall of 2019.
Last week, host Kent and Cambridge played to a scoreless halftime tie. This was somewhat of a surprise since Kent scored three times in the opening seven minutes and routed Cambridge, 7-0, there on March 11.
"I think we came in too lax since we knew we were the better team. It affected us as a whole as we started to play down to their level," Kent coach Rachael Gugasian wrote in an email to the Kent County News.
Also figuring into the Trojans' slow start was how Cambridge's girls crowded the middle of the field, which made it difficult to finish balls coming into the center, and a lineup change that was intended to give defenders an opportunity to play offense given the lopsided score when the sides met the first time.
After what Gugasian described as a "serious regroup during halftime," the Trojans came out playing more as a team and to feet.
Jones, unassisted, scored what held up as the winning goal in the 55th minute. About 10 minutes later, Gracie Walters touched in a spot-on cross from Emma Walters.
Livy Daniels turned away three shots to preserve the shutout — the 5-3 Trojans' fourth win by shutout this season.
Daniels is a backup to starting goalie and reigning team MVP Alana Fithian Wilson, who has been sidelined for the last three matches due to injury.
The Trojans returned to the win column after failing to score in their three previous matches. Coincidentally, Class 1A Kent's losses are to larger Class 2A schools.
Thursday's match against North Dorchester is the final home match of the season for Kent. The nine seniors will be saluted prior to the 5:30 p.m. start.
The Trojans close out their season Friday at North Caroline and Tuesday, April 13 at Colonel Richardson.