CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne's County Girls Varsity Soccer team opened the season Monday, Sept. 9, with an overwhelming victory over Wicomico High, 13-10.
Queen Anne's opened the scoring within the first 2 minutes, with senior forward Abby Blanchard scoring the season's first goal. Blanchard, who is team captain, scored two goals and recorded assists during the game. Junior forward Riley Napier also had two goals and two assists.
Eleven of the 21 players on the QA team scored, which included single goals seniors Kaitlyn Robinson, Megan Majchrzak, Shyanne Seymour, junior Maggie Hutton, sophomores Abbi Barnette, Karlie Hickson, Ryleigh Jordan, Jess Wright, and freshman Sierra Lester.
Lions dominated with consistent passing among its forwards and played aggressively. Wi-Hi didn't cross mid-field until 30 minutes into the first half. The score was 9-0 at half-time.
Wi-Hi never got a direct kick against QA's veteran, third-year goalie, junior Breanna Athey, who saw action when QA defender Kassidy Robinson kicked the ball back to her. She responded with long kicks far down the field.
Co-Captain senior defender Justine Majchrzak twisted her knee within the first three minutes of the game and had to be assisted off the field. She did not return to the game.
Head Coach Michael Kern is in his 19th season coaching the Lions Girls Varsity Soccer team, and Assistant Coach Jeff Anthony has been at his side for 18 of those seasons. The past three years, the Lions have made it to the regional finals only to lose to Falston High School.
Kern has high hopes for this season with a number of returning veterans.
"We have more depth overall as a team this year. More experience. It's one of the most talented overall teams we've ever had here in my 19 years," Kern said.
The team also won its second game, 2-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, against James M. Bennett High School.
The regular season has 12 scheduled games before playoffs begin.