Camden Hills enjoys strong homecoming soccer victories over OceansideUnbeaten Windjammers prove too tough, talented for visiting Mariners
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School certainly could not have scheduled two more compelling regular-season soccer games for homecoming than the Windjammers hosting neighboring rival Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.
What with the Windjammer teams being unbeaten and the Mariner squads also among the top teams in Eastern Class B, it was a perfect scenario for a couple of emotionally-charged pitch games.
However, although the Saturday, Oct. 12 contests were competitive at times, the hosts controlled play — and the day — to remain unbeaten on the campaign.
The Camden Hills boys defeated Oceanside 3-1, while the Camden Hills girls prevailed 4-0 over the Mariners.
Earlier this season, the Windjammer boys beat the Mariners 4-1, while the Windjammer and Mariner girls played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie.
A summary of both Oct. 12 games follows:
Camden Hills 3, Oceanside 1
On Oct. 12 at Rockport, the Mariners scored first, but the host Windjammers tallied the final three goals en route to the victory.
Oceanside opened the scoring when Nick Judge converted a penalty kick with 20:40 left in the first half. Windjammer Zach Pitcairn responded with the tying goal at 17:55, before Yani Stancioff drilled home the go-ahead goal, assisted by Ben Welt, at 15:12, to give the Windjammers a 2-1 halftime cushion.
Grayson Szumilas closed the scoring, with Alex Blackwell assisting, at 36:52 of the second half for the Windjammers.
Marshall Spear made four saves on seven shots in the Windjammer goal and Phil Atwood 11 saves on 20 shots in the Mariner net.
Camden Hills held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
For Oceanside, there was at least one moral victory, namely the fact the Mariners have scored two goals against a Windjammer squad that does not often allow goals. In fact, Camden Hills has outscored foes 69-4, with seven shutouts, in 11 games. That means Oceanside has scored half of the goals the Windjammers have allowed this season.
Two of Oceanside's three losses this season have come against Camden Hills.
"We capped off another outstanding homecoming celebration with a solid win against one of the best teams in our [conference]," said Windjammer coach Ryan Hurley. "The team showed some resiliency coming back from being down 1-0, so that was nice. We get a short rest and then take on a Maranacook [of Readfield, 11-0-1, second in Western Class C] team that is playing stellar defense and is in the hunt for their first gold ball in Class C. [It] also is a rematch of last year's Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship, [and] should be an awesome game."
The Black Bear and Windjammer game will be Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Rockport.
In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (11-0, 68.7500 points) is fourth and Oceanside (8-3, 43.7500 points) 10th. Ellsworth (9-0-1, 88.3291 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Camden Hills' victory over Belfast Oct. 8 is not included in the standings, thus the Windjammers may be ranked higher in the standings. The Windjammers are one of three unbeaten teams in Eastern Class B, with Ellsworth and No. 2 Winslow (9-0-2) also undefeated.
Camden Hills 4, Oceanside 0
At Rockport Oct. 12, the host Windjammers scored two goals in each half and avenged an earlier scoreless deadlock with the rival Mariners.
Camden Hills received scores from four different players, while Emma Gutheinz had a goal and three assists to lead the Windjammers.
Rachel Pease played in net for the Windjammers and Kaylyn Grover in goal for the Mariners.
Izzy Gutheinz scored the decisive goal for Camden Hills with 29:44 left in the first half, on an assist from Emma Gutheinz. Camden Hills made it 2-0 when Charlotte Messer creased the net, on another assist from Emma Gutheinz, with 8:59 left in the opening half.
Emma Gutheinz got into the scoring act with 32:27 remaining in the second half, on Lea Smith's assist. Brynn Anderson made it 4-0, on another Emma Gutheinz assist, with 27:17 left.
The Gutheinzs are sisters.
Complete shots on goal, corner kicks and goalie saves were unavailable.
In related news, Oceanside senior Emma Spencer, a stalwart for the team for years, was lost for the season with a knee injury. The Mariner left the game with about 32 minutes left in the first half.
Camden Hills has outscored opponents 54-4, with seven shutouts, in 11 games.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (10-0-1, 77.1046 points) is third and Oceanside (7-3-1, 51.0842 points) eighth. Waterville (11-0, 90.6888 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Windjammers' Oct. 8 win over Belfast is not included in the standings. Camden Hills is one of only three unbeaten teams in the region, along with No. 2 Hermon (10-0) and No. 1 Waterville.