Bitter, Blusk, Fithian lead by example for rebuilding Kent soccer

WORTON — Kent County’s girls soccer program has a new head coach in Kelly Anne Turner and lots of first-year high school players.

KCHS is restocking with seven newcomers to replace the six players who graduated in June, including team MVP Alexandra Miller.

There’s a lot of work to be done, but the one-win Trojans are putting in the work, according to Turner.

Case in point was the second half of Tuesday’s match here with highly regarded Easton.

Kent’s girls gave up only two goals after intermission, a performance that Turner characterized as their best of the season. The Trojans asserted themselves on both ends of the field and constantly communicated.

Overall, Turner, who follows Rachael Gugasian as  head coach after six years, said she has been wowed by the Trojans’ “development over the last couple of weeks.”

“They are working really hard,” Turner said Tuesday, Oct. 3 in an interview immediately after the Easton match.

She said captains Emily Blusk, Allison “Allie” Fithian and Anna Bitter are leading by example.

Fithian, a senior midfielder, is one of the newcomers.

Blusk (forward) and Bitter (sweeper), also seniors, are long on experience.

The other returnees are: sophomores Mary Jane Joiner (center midfielder, defense) and Delilah Markovic, (midfielder); juniors Morgan Kendall (forward) and Paige Miller (center midfielder, offense); and seniors Addison Cross (defender) and Yasmin Perez (defender).

Also back is longtime assistant coach Quin Hickman.

In addition to Fithian, the first-year high school players are freshmen Janey Depp (forward), Jane Cleary (defender), Maggie Bilbrough (utility player) and Macie Cannan (utility player); sophomore Zuleika Nava (defender); and senior Grace Lindsay (goalie).

Turner and assistants Samantha Cawthorne and Jason Blusk are new to the Trojans’ staff.

Turner (special education, seventh grade) and Cawthorne (English, sixth grade) are second-year teachers at Kent County Middle School.

They also are coaching the KCMS girls soccer team.

The Trojans are 1-6. Their lone victory is a 12-0 blowout at Crisfield on Sept. 19. Blusk led the way with five goals. Markovic and Miller each had a hat trick, and Joiner netted the other goal.

Three days later, Markovic had the Trojans’ only goal in a loss at Queen Anne’s — breaking a long scoreless streak against their border rival.

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