Sure-footed Trojans score 10-0 victory in rainy soccer opener

Sophomore midfielder Sydney Usilton raises her arms in triumph as Kent County’s girls walk off the field Friday with a 10-0 victory in their first soccer match of the season. Usilton scored in the five-goal first half. Also pictured are Annie Squire Southworth, far left, Megan Speakman, Kendall Stevens, goalie Alana Fithian Wilson, Olivia Jones, Gracie Walters and Madisyn Yiannakis.

WORTON — Turn. Shoot. Score.

Is it really that simple?

It was Friday afternoon for Kent County’s girls, who booted their guests from North Dorchester, 10-0, in the season-opening soccer match for both schools.

Despite the driving rain throughout, the Trojans were sure-footed. They scored five goals in each half.

“We were very proactive, took the ball right down the field and to the goal,” said third-year head coach Rachael Gugasian, whose squad won the opener for the third year in a row.

All 27 Trojans who dressed for the match logged playing time.

Kent piled up 10 goals even without junior midfielder Cecilia Llamas, the reigning team MVP, who sat out with an injury. She is the leading returning scorer.

Sophomores Alana Fithian Wilson and Olivia Daniels each played 40 minutes in between the pipes. Wilson was never tested; Daniels made two saves in the second half.

Sophomore forward Kendall Stevens scored the Trojans’ first two goals. Juniors Emma Walters and Marlee Berghaus and sophomore Sydney Usilton also found the back of the net before intermission.

Second-half scoring was provided by freshman Alexandra Miller, sophomore Kendall Langenfelder, juniors Walters and Megan Speakman, and senior Logan Pinder.

Berghaus, from her position as the center defensive midfielder, was the key to Kent’s transition. Her pinpoint passing created numerous scoring opportunities.

There are 10 juniors on the team — all returnees from last year’s 6-8 campaign. Berghaus and Olivia Jones are the captains. This is Jones’ second year as captain.

There are eight sophomores and eight freshmen.

The smallest class is the senior class of Pinder, Annie Squire Southworth and transfer Kayla Collins, who is playing high school soccer for the first time.

Gugasian said she is very excited about the 2019 season, due to the number of players and their skill level. For the first time in recent memory, Kent is fielding a junior varsity.

Jayvee players are: forwards Molly Grafton, Megan Moore and Tyaishah Moody; midfielders Misty Mett, Alycia Wilson and Maritza Lopez; defenders Taylor Stevens, Emma Spray, Harleigh Sutton and Kennedy Walters; and goalie Ally Berghaus.

Midfielder Alexandra Miller is the only freshman to earn a spot on the varsity squad.

The sophomores, all returnees, are Alana Fithian Wilson (goalie), Sydney Usilton (midfielder), Gracie Walters (midfielder), Kendall Stevens (forward), Olivia Daniels (goalie) and Kendall Langenfelder (midfielder).

The juniors are defenders Olivia Jones, Marlee Berghaus, Madisyn Yiannakis and Maddy Kendall; midfielders Emma Walters, Leah Maier and Cecilia Llamas; and forward Megan Speakman.

Kent plays a formation of four defenders, for midfielders and two forwards.

The starting unit for Friday’s first match was Wilson in the goal; Kendall and Jones as the center backs and Yiannakis and Gracie Walters on the outside; Bergahus as the center defensive midfielder; Pinder as the center offensive midfielder; Emma Walters and Usilton as the midfield wings; and Speakman and Stevens up front.

Among the first players off the bench were Southworth (defender) and Miller (center offensive midfielder).

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