Trojans play 'their game' in 3-1 defeat of Saints

Kent County field hockey coach Susan Wright-Taylor said she was perplexed as to how Kent was unable to cash in on 16 shots and 15 penalty corners in a 1-0 loss to Stephen Decatur.

WORTON — It’s unfortunate that the camera wasn’t rolling when Catherine Milligan and Ally Hickman teamed up for what would prove to be the winning goal for Kent County’s field hockey team Sept. 26.

The play was executed just as it was scripted.

Locking her right elbow and tightly gripping the stick at the top, Milligan, right arm extended, ran on to the well-struck pass from Hickman and deflected the ball waist high into the back of the cage to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the first half.

They went on to defeat their 1A East Region rivals from St. Michaels, 3-1, avenging last year’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Saints and salvaging a week that began with a shocking 1-0 loss to Stephen Decatur’s girls.

Kendell Ford and Tanae Johnson also scored for Kent, which improved to 2-3. Kate Ervin, Keira McColigan and Milligan were credited with assists.

“We found our pace of play and finally scored,” Kent coach Susan Wright-Taylor said.

She was comparing the Kent-St. Michaels game to the Kent-Stephen Decatur game here two days earlier when Kent was shut out despite taking 16 shots and earning 15 short corner opportunities due to its opponent’s fouls in the circle.

“I really cannot understand how we couldn’t get one of those shots in on Tuesday (Sept. 24). Luck was not in our favor,” Wright-Taylor said.

It should be noted that Stephen Decatur’s goalie made some terrific saves and cleared the ball well.

Stephen Decatur scored on its only shot of the afternoon, on a 2-on-1 breakaway with 20 minutes, 52 seconds remaining. It is the only goal the Seahawks have scored in their 1-5 start.

Wright-Taylor said the way the Trojans warmed up for the game — “no energy or enthusiasm” — was an early indication that they were not at their best.

Additionally, Stephen Decatur “was a slow-moving team and we played to their level,” Kent County’s coach said. “We didn’t play our normal passing game at all. We just hit and run, which we do not do well. Not effective.”

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