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.