Trojans advance; Speakman, Parr total 7 goals

WORTON — In an attaboy speech at halftime Wednesday night, coach Dennis Hickman told the Trojans that they were doing all the right things as they built a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Stellar play continued after intermission as Kent County eliminated Bo Manor, 8-0, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A East Region I boys soccer tournament.

No. 4 seed Kent (4-9) is headed today to top seed Perryville (7-3-1) for one of two semifinal matches.

No. 2 seed Colonel Richardson (4-6-2) is hosting St. Michaels (3-7-2) in the other semi.

“You know why our fans and their fans are quiet? Because they’re shocked,” Hickman said Wednesday to the Trojans, seated before him in a tight row off to the side of the pitch.

“You’re moving to the open spot. Your heads are up. You’re passing,” said Hickman, an assistant who was filling in for head coach Tom Speakman.

Hickman applauded the way that defenders Bryce Jacobs and Noah Iacona were playing up, fueling a relentless attack, and singled out center midfielder Martin Parrish for being on top of his game.

While acknowledging that one-win Bo Manor was a lesser opponent, Hickman told the Trojans again: “You’re just doing all the right things.”

Senior right wing Will Speakman erupted for four goals, all in the first half. Freshman center forward Gabe Parr contributed three goals. And Parrish had the other goal.

Less than 10 minutes in, the Trojans already had a 4-0 lead with scoring from Parr, Parrish and then two tallies in a row from Speakman.

Speakman completed his hat trick in the 14th minute off a pass from Parrish.

An outstanding save from the Eagles’ goalie in the 28th minute prevented¬† Iacona from scoring on a header.

In the 31st minute, Parrish and Speakman connected again. Parrish precisely lofted a pass from just inside the 50 down the right side that Speakman received in stride. After a bit of fancy footwork, Speakman deposited a shot in the net’s far corner to make it 6-0.

Another terrific save from the Bo Manor keeper in the 33rd minute denied Nick Stead from getting on the board.

With a 6-0 lead, and victory all but assured, Hickman substituted liberally after intermission. Two-time team MVP Parrish, who already has committed to Salisbury University, did not start the second half.

Parr scored twice in the span of two minutes to complete his first career hat trick. 

Stead’s pass from the left side found Parr unmarked in the center of the box. Parr one-touched to set up for a right-footed shot that he buried in the 54th minute to stretch the lead to 7-0.

Kent finished out its scoring in the 56th minute when Parr put back the rebounded save of a blistering shot from Parrish.

Junior Leyder Cruz, who is playing high school soccer for the first time, made a handful of saves for Kent’s first clean sheet of the season.

When asked after the match who stood out, coach Hickman told The Evening Enterprise in a text message: “Obviously Will with his 4 goals, Martin for leading the team on the field, but overall we had a plan to put the offensive pressure on early and tonight it worked.”


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