Kent will travel for field hockey playoffs

CHESAPEAKE CITY — The Trojans will make their third trip of the season to Bohemia Manor High School today for a 6 p.m. semifinal game in the Class 1A East Region I field hockey tournament.

They played two scrimmage games here in August and also opened their season here Sept. 8, absorbing a 4-1 loss after closing to 2-1 eight and a half minutes into the third quarter on Grace Gerstung’s first career goal.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 3 seed Southern travels to Elkton today.

The title game is Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the higher remaining seed.

Bo Manor (6-5) is the top seed.

Kent is the No. 4 seed.

While Kent County has received one stellar effort after another from senior keeper Jaci Manning, who is averaging double digits in saves a game, KCHS has not been able to finish in the circle.

Scoring-challenged Kent at home lost to North Caroline in the Oct. 18 regular-season finale, 1-0.

After nearly 58 minutes of scoreless play, the Bulldogs’ Regan Rizer (on an assist from Morgan Knott) finally solved Manning (10 saves) with only 2 minutes, 15 seconds remaining.

This was the Trojans’ best overall effort of the season, with strong play from defenders Addisyn Litton, Tess Fuchs and Taylor Strong, midfielders Carly King and Drew Davis, and do-it-all Kate Cannon.

Though the teams played to a 0-0 tie through the opening half, North Caroline had most of the scoring opportunities.

After intermission, Kent’s offense started to match the intensity of its defense. As a result, the home team outshot its guest, 4-2.

The Trojans’ best scoring chance came late in the fourth quarter on a strike from Cannon — off a penalty corner insert from King — that placed the ball just a whisker from the goal line, but there was no Kent player close enough to tap the ball into the cage.

 

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