Sts. Peter & Paul 1 — St. Mary’s 1

EASTON — G.R. Cannon stood searching the faces of his players seated in a circle around him, wanting answers.

“Where was the energy?” Saints Peter and Paul High’s boys’ head soccer coach asked. “Where’s the focus? What do you want out of this thing?”

The Sabres managed to get a tying goal in the eighth minute of the second half Wednesday, but couldn’t score the tiebreaker in a 1-1 double-overtime draw with St. Mary’s that left their coach full of questions.

Now 8-2-1 overall and in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, Sts. Peter and Paul entered Wednesday’s play tied for second place in the conference with Concordia Prep (10-2, 8-2) behind front-runner Friends (10-2, 10-2). But after snapping a two-game losing streak Friday with a 3-0 homecoming victory over Gerstell Academy, and with five regular-season games remaining on the docket, Cannon was expecting a little more from his team.

“You should be changing the course for the better,” Cannon said. “You should be ready to go. Everything matters. The second time around everyone plays each other, it’s going to get tougher.”

That was certainly the deal on this cool, cloudy day.

The Saints (3-6-3, 2-6-3), who lost 2-0 to the Sabres earlier in the season, and began the day in seventh place, took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, when Josh Gaeng, who unloaded seemingly one monster throw-in after another throughout the game, dropped a heave into the box that bounced off a Sabres player into the net for an own-goal.

“I’m more concerned with the long balls,” Cannon said of perhaps St. Mary’s biggest offensive weapon in this game. “They kept playing 40-, 50-yard balls. Then, playing off the throw, they get a set piece and score on it.

“But those things happen in that kind of mix,” Cannon said of the own-goal. “That’s why you want to deny them the set pieces and throw-ins.”

St. Mary’s controlled possession for the better part of the opening 20 minutes, and also had more scoring opportunities, with Gaeng directing a header wide with 24:10 left in the half, then getting foiled at the left post by an alert defender.

The Sabres started creating more offense after the midway point of the first half, with Shawn Reinoehl hitting a big shot from left wing over everything. Sts. Peter & Paul keeper Cory Morgan kept it a one-goal difference with a huge save off a corner kick with just under five minutes remaining. Reinoehl then got a second chance, when he got deep down right wing, but hit a shot into the side of the net.

“Credit to them,” Cannon said of St. Mary’s. “They played the way that they can play. And managed the game and made it difficult. But even that said, I would have to ask somebody, but I’m pretty sure we had over 17 opportunities to really put something together inside of 25 yards. Final ball. Late balls. It’s too late, we touched too many times.”

The Sabres tied it just inside the eighth minute of the second half, when Callan Godlee scored off a corner kick from Reinoehl.

“We certainly can compete,” St. Mary’s head coach Corey Childs said. “But set pieces, as we gave up another one today, have been the bane of our existence. And in high school soccer that’s what it can be. Set pieces can win games or lose games.”

On this day it would only tie the game, as the Sabres mounted more pressure, but could not stick the go-ahead goal past Saints keeper Nathan Lynch.

That continued in the first 10-minute overtime, as Sts. Peter and Paul’s Austin Rafter took a short pass off an indirect kick and hit a shot wide left with under two minutes remaining.

The Sabres continued piling up the chances in the second OT, earning four corner kicks, a throw-in and a direct kick, but couldn’t find the necessary touch to knock in the game-winner.

“I didn’t think the desire was there,” Cannon said of his team. “Other than the first 15 minutes of the first half, we had chances two to one. Second half, it was one-way traffic. We don’t play the right ball. We don’t play it at the right time. Overtime, we’re pressing the envelope even then. I didn’t think we had the commitment to go as a group and score goals.”

Childs doesn’t think his team has reached its potential yet, but it’s slowly showing signs.

“It was a great game,” Childs said. “A quality team. They do a good job making us fight for every battle. And we did that today and they did it equally as well. And that’s why we ended up with a 1-1 draw I think.”

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Kent Island 8, Mardela 0

STEVENSVILLE — McKenzie Mogel (assist) scored four goals, and the Buccaneers improved to 8-1. Mogel has now reached 80 career goals, extended her own program record.

Kylie Marsden and Lily Dixon each added a goal and two assists, while Biggs Helfenbein and Alyssa Andreallo capped the scoring. Claire Schultz (two assists) and Madyson Weber (assist) chipped in. Cara Cunane and Megan Mollman combined for the shutout.

Queen Anne’s 3, Snow Hill 1

CENTREVILLE — Abby Blanchard netted two goals, and Jess Wright added one to lead the Lions (9-0).

Meagan Marjchrzak and Shyanne Seymour each added assists for Queen Anne’s.

FIELD HOCKEY

Kent Island 6, St. Michaels 0

ST. MICHAELS — Riley Tengwall had a trick, Maggie Silver added two goals and Katie Abendschoen one for the Buccaneers (10-1, 4-0).

The Saints dropped to 2-7, 1-3.

VOLLEYBALL

Kent Island 3, Kent County 0

STEVENSVILLE — The Buccaneers (5-5, 4-3) won via game scored of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-14.

OC Graham netted 13 service points and six aces, while Emily Blum went on a 13-point service run to go with three aces.

The Trojans are 2-5, 0-5.

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