Camden Hills' relentless offense too much for Medomak Valley's solid defenseCoyle, Drinkwater tally goals; Hendrickson-Belloguet stellar in net for visitors
Rockport — An 80-minute high school girls soccer drama played out on Don Palmer Field Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, with a plot that included a skillful, dominating passing attack by the hosts against the visitors' sturdy defense — buoyed by a sensational performance from the anchor.
Alas, when the final horn sounded, host Camden Hills proved to have too much offensive firepower, a relentless attack that paid off with a 2-0 victory over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.
The score might have been more lopsided if not for the sensational work in the Panther goal by Amanda Hendickson-Belloguet, who made a bundle of saves, many of the leaping, diving or sliding variety.
The first 40 minutes was a defensive stalemate, with the Windjammers enjoying the better of play, including hitting the crossbar and post with shots.
Then, in the second half, Camden Hills finally found a way to get the ball past Hendrickson-Belloguet. Autumn Coyle and Addie Drinkwater tallied goals, with Coyle scoring on a long, soaring shot, from outside the penalty area, that settled into the corner of the net with 31:40 left. Drinkwater scored after collecting a rebound from a corner kick scramble with 1:20 remaining.
Camden Hills held a 14-1 edge in shots and 5-1 advantage in corner kicks, which reflects how much pressure the Windjammers put on the Panther defense generally, and Hendrickson-Belloguet specifically. Hendrickson-Belloguet made 12 saves. Rachel Pease had one save in the Windjammer goal.
One of Hendrickson-Belloguet's most impressive stops came against Emma Gutheinz, who shot the ball high and hard and the Panther keeper leapt to glove the ball before it went into the goal.
A short time later, Medomak Valley had a chance to tally the equalizer when Lexi Genthner broke in on Pease and the Windjammer goalie made the stop.
Camden Hills' Lexi Doudera hit the post late in the second half before Drinkwater tallied an insurance goal for the hosts with a score in heavy traffic after a corner kick scrum.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (4-1, 11.6071 points) is fifth and Medomak Valley (3-2, 9.8214 points) seventh. Presque Isle (4-1, 29.3367 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the regional playoffs.
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