WORTON — What a difference a day makes, coach Patrick Jones said April 7 after Kent County booted Easton, 3-0, in boys soccer.
The Trojans played aggressively on 50-50 balls, something that was lacking the day before in a 1-0 loss.
Both matches were at home.
Senior Robert Bourne scored twice against Easton and Ronald Parker made eight saves to keep a clean sheet.
Bourne netted what held up as the winning goal about midway through the first half after stripping the ball from a defender, beating another and blasting a well-placed shot.
In the second half, Bourne followed a shot by Will Maier that was blocked by the Easton keeper and deflected out to the top of the box. He ran on to the ball in stride and drilled it into the back of the net.
The Trojans upped their lead to 3-0 in the 65th minute when senior Ian Walters headed in a corner kick from freshman Martin Parrish. This is the third time this season they have connected on corner kicks to score.
Kent finished with 16 shots, 12 on frame.
Easton totaled 12 shots.
Jones said the Trojans won most of the 50-50 balls, which gave them possession advantage throughout the match.
“Our passing was really good and we were much more patient on their end of the field, resulting in more quality scoring opportunities,” Jones said.
The Trojans improved to 5-4-1 with one match remaining. They halted a four-game losing streak after a 4-0-1 start.
One day earlier. Cambridge scored the only goal of the match on an uncontested shot at the top of the box within the first 10 minutes.
“We gave them too much time with the ball by not playing aggressively for 50-50 balls” and leaving the midfield open too much, Jones said.
“It was a frustrating game to lose because of missed opportunities,” he said. “When we did have possession, we did not connect enough passes together to build up on offense. When we did get scoring opportunities, we rushed our shots.”
Jones said the Trojans were a little out of sync “and were not able to put it together enough to make anything click.”