STEVENSVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Soccer Clash took place Monday evening, Nov. 11, at Kent Island High School between the Kent Island Youth Soccer League and Queen Anne’s Youth Soccer League. The Clash returned after nearly a decade’s absence. All-Stars from both leagues, mostly seventh- and eighth-graders, played in separate boys’ and girls’ games.
Before both games, veterans in the bleachers were asked to stand as they were recognized in honor of Veterans Day. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was also played before each game, following the veterans’ recognitions.
Both games were tightly fought with the boys’ game going into halftime tied 0-0. However, Queen Anne’s surged ahead with two goals in the second half — one scored by Seth Blackwell and the other by Bennett Christman en route to a 2-0 victory.
The girls’ game turned out to be a seesaw battle. It started much as the boys’ game ended with Queen Anne’s Emily Rendulic striking first for a 1-0 lead after nine minutes of play. Within two minutes, Kent Island captain Caroline Cavanaugh scored, tying the match at 1-1. Later in the first-half, Jo McGrath scored to give Kent Island a 2-1 halftime lead.
The second half opened with Queen Anne’s captain Bre Harris scoring a goal to tie the game at 2-2. McGrath scored to give Kent Island a 3-2 lead, but Queen Anne’s captain Lucy Taylor scoring to tie the game again, 3-3.
McGrath completed her hat trick to push Kent Island back in front at 4-3, then watched teammate Lilli Dauses score to seal a 5-3 victory.
Temperatures outside were at 59 degrees, with a slight breeze. People in the bleachers watching were dressed in warm coats and caps. The concession stand was busy for both games, selling plenty of warm foods and hot chocolate.