Perryville repeats, eliminates Kent in East Region soccer

PERRYVILLE — You really can’t sugarcoat this one.

Top seed and defending champion Perryville dismantled Kent, 10-1, in the second round of the Class 1A East Region I boys soccer tournament Oct. 27.

“They have some really good players,” Kent County head coach Tom Speakman said matter-of-factly about Perryville, which led 6-0 at halftime.

“We played solid,” Speakman said of his mostly underclassman team, “but they’re just a powerhouse.”

This was the second year in a row that the Trojans’ season ended at Perryville.

Senior Martin Parrish, the leading scorer and two-time team MVP, netted Kent’s lone goal. There was no assist.

Parrish, who has committed to Salisbury University, and Will Speakman are the only seniors for Kent County.

Speakman left the Oct. 27 playoff match in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return.

The Trojans finish 4-10. It’s not a bad showing considering their 0-5 start.

Three losses were each by a goal.

Kent also had a big win, 8-0 against Bo Manor in the opening round of the region tournament.

In assessing the season overall, Tom Speakman applauded his two seniors. 

Will Speakman is the coach’s son.

“They knew going into the season that it was going to be tough, but Martin and Will wanted¬† to play. They could easily have mailed it in, but they didn’t.”

Veteran players like Parrish, Speakman and junior Nick Stead embraced the opportunity to be mentors to the underclassmen, which included half a dozen freshmen. The result was tremendous team cohesiveness and camaraderie, according to coach Speakman.

He said what stood out most about this year’s players was their ability to move on quickly from a loss.

“They’re just a good group of kids,” he said. “They never gave up, and they continued to get better and better.”

Tom Speakman said that “even though the record doesn’t show it, I consider this a winning season. It was a pleasure to be with these guys.”

THERE’S MORE: Perryville (10-4-1) would go on to repeat as the East Region I champ and advance to the state semifinals with wins over St. Michaels and International High School-Largo, before losing to Allegany, 2-0, on Saturday.

West Region I champion Allegany, which reached the state semifinals for the third year in a row, is the top overall seed in Class 1A.

Perryville was seeded fifth overall.

Allegany (18-0) will face sixth seed Harford Tech (13-4-2) in the 1A final on Nov. 18.

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