Ospreys go 7-0-1 in middle school field hockey

Kent School’s 2019 field hockey team members and coaches are pictured here. First row, from left: Keely Bakker, Victoria MacGlashan and Arya Shajwani. Second row: Tori Nessly, Taylor Hill, Julia Spero, Lily May, Lia Schut, Eliza Porter, Layla Kent, Adyson Kendall, Haley Cole and Ellie Macielag. Back row: coach Jen Matthews, Page Starkey, Issy Leech, Allie Butler, Hayden McKenzie, Parker Severs, Sophia Kent and head coach Erin Kent. Missing from the photo is Peri Overton.

CHESTERTOWN — Kent School’s middle school field hockey team went unbeaten this fall, posting seven shutouts in a 7-0-1 campaign. Only a scoreless tie with St. Michaels kept Kent School from having a perfect season.

The Ospreys are coached by Erin Kent and alumna Jen Anthony Matthews ‘01.

Kent, who is the head coach and the school’s athletic director, said the best game was the finale Oct. 22 at home — a 2-0 triumph over St. Michaels in the rematch.

“We honored our eighth-graders prior to the game, and knew we had to win for them,” Kent wrote in an email. “We came out strong in the first half and scored within the first few minutes of the game. When our team plays with confidence and has fun with the game, there is no limit to what these girls can achieve,” she said in the email.

Kent School played two games each against St. Anne’s Episcopal School of Middletown, Del., Country School of Easton, St. Michaels and a Kent County Parks and Recreation team.

Erin Kent said the eighth-graders led by example with their positive energy and work ethic. They are: Allie Butler, Hayden McKenzie, Issy Leech, Sophia Kent, Parker Severs and Page Starkey. Leech was the top scorer, while Starkey and net-minder Sophia Kent led a stingy defense that allowed only one goal all season.

The coaches said they were impressed with contributions made from players in all grades. The youngsters on the team are fifth-graders Adyson Kendall, Peri Overton and Julia Spero.

Among the sixth-graders, Layla Kent stood out with her athleticism, dedication to the sport and all-out effort.

A solid sixth-grade class of Keely Bakker, Haley Cole, Lily May, Eliza Porter, Lia Schut, Arya Shajwani and Layla Kent “helped raise the level of play throughout the season,” said the coaches.

Seventh-graders Taylor Hill, Ellie Macielag, Victoria MacGlashan and Tori Nessly also received high praise from their coaches.

Hill was unselfish and hardworking, always willing to play where needed. “Her positive attitude and competitive spirit are truly contagious on the field,” head coach Erin Kent wrote in the email.

Nessly made the most improvement over the season. The coaches said they were confident with Nessly as a defender or midfielder, and “knew that she would make an impact wherever she was on the field.”

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