No. 3 seed Trojans to travel in region field hockey

Kent County’s Keira McColigan, left, reaches in with a reverse stick to challenge Easton’s Olivia Brown for possession in the second half of the Oct. 15 varsity field hockey game at KCHS.

RIDGELY — Scoring from five different players Thursday was the salve that took away the sting of the Trojans’ five-game losing streak.

They returned to the win column, 5-1 at North Caroline, just in time for the region tournament that begins today.

Sophomore Kendell Ford’s goal off an assist from classmate Kenzie Clark with 26 minutes, 50 seconds remaining started a run of three unanswered goals that allowed visiting Kent County to pull away in a game that was closely contested through the first half.

The Trojans (4-8) halted a five-game slump that included three one-goal losses, two in extra time.

They are headed to Bohemia Manor (7-5) on Monday for a second-round playoff game.

Elkton (10-2) is the top seed in Region I of the 1A East and will host St. Michaels (2-9) in the other region semifinal on Monday.

The winners play at the higher seed Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Coach Susan Wright-Taylor believes last week’s win at North Caroline was the turning point for the Trojans, who are looking for a third straight appearance in the state tournament Elite Eight for Class 1A schools. She said they are much better than their 4-8 record would suggest, noting that five losses were each by a goal and three of the losses were in overtime.

At North Caroline, Tanae Johnson scored 1 minute, 9 seconds in to give the Trojans a lead they never lost. Kendell Ford was credited with the set-up on the goal, which was the result of a penalty corner.

Ally Hickman’s put-back of a shot that bounced off the keeper’s kickers made it 2-0. This goal also was the product of a penalty corner.

North Caroline ended the shutout with 4:54 remaining before intermission on a goal by Bre Houseman.

Ford dented the scoreboard 3:10 into the second half to restore the Trojans’ two-goal lead, 3-1. Kenzie Clark, who made her first varsity start, had the assist.

Sella Conner scored just 40 seconds later, and Kate Ervin finished out the scoring with 17:26 to play. Mallory Helfenbein assisted on both goals.

Kent opened the week with a 3-1 loss to Class 2A Easton, which was a bummer on Senior Day.

Ella Chandler scored twice in the span of 54 seconds in the second half for the winners. Her goal with 7:09 remaining broken the 1-1 tie.

Easton (8-4) led 1-0 at halftime on a goal from Alice Ledford with 4:30 remaining.

Johnson leveled the score 12:34 into the second half, with Ervin and Keira McColigan both credited with assists.

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