The Kenwood girls soccer team has taken up where it left off last season, with an inexorable march toward a second consecutive Baltimore County Division II title.
The Bluebirds defeated visiting Dundalk 7-1 on Oct. 1 and won at Patapsco on Monday 10-3 to remain unbeaten with an 8-0 record (6-0 in Baltimore County Division II).
And the Kenwood lineup features just four seniors.
“We brought up a really good group of freshmen this year,” said Kelsey Franczkowski, who co-coaches Kenwood with her husband, Tim. “They’re what our program needed. They’re all contributing.”
The seniors, who were honored at halftime of the Dundalk game, are Jade Napora, Jordan Haack, Yahaira Saenz and Sydni Maul.
The freshmen are Ruby Solarano, Athena Plakas, Diamond Brpown, Kyleigh O’Donnell and Haleigh Bullins.
Brown scored two goals against Dundalk, and Plakas scored one.
Napora scored two goals against the Owls. Danielle Lassahn and Melanie Zamudo, both juniors, also scored.
There are also three sophomores on the Kenwood roster, giving the Bluebirds a strong core for the next few years.
“We expect to win the division, to be honest,” Kelsey said. “Next week will be a big week for us, with Patapsco and Carver A&T.”
(As noted earlier, the Bluebirds had little trouble with Patapsco.)
Kenwood has beaten Havre de Grace 4-0; Franklin 2-1; Parkville 10-1; Institute of Notre Dame 4-0; Pikesville 8-0; and Chesapeake 10-0 before beating Dundalk and Patapsco.
Kelsey expected to have a tough game with Patapsco; the Patriots did score as many goals as the Bluebirds had given up in their previous seven games.
Kenwood was to host Carver A&T on Wednesday and Oakland Mills on Oct. 17, then play at Owings Mills on Oct. 17.
The Bluebirds, who were moved down from Baltimore County Division I before last season, are in a peculiar spot: too strong for its Division II schedule, but just as outmatched by the stronger teams in Division I such as Sparrows Point (which beat Kenwood 12-0 last season), Perry Hall, Towson and Hereford.
“I think we can compete with Division I teams like Loch Raven and Dulaney,” Kelsey said. “But there’s a big gap between us and teams like Hereford and Sparrows Point. But we’d like to play a more challenging schedule, to get us ready for the playoffs.’