Deja´vu: Falmouth downs Camden Hills in second straight state finalYachtsmen again spoil Windjammers' boys soccer title quest – 2-1
Scarborough — Camden Hills and Falmouth are no strangers to state high school boys soccer championship competition, with both clubs meeting Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3 at Scarborough High School for the second straight year with the state Class B championship on the line.
And, for the second consecutive fall season, it was the Windjammers who came up just short in completing their long journey to the state crown.
Saturday's game was knotted 1-1 before Yachtsmen J.P White buried a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes to go, a goal that proved to be the game-winner as Falmouth won its second straight state crown over the WIndjammers, by the same 2-1 margin.
Colin Morse scored the lone goal of the game for Eastern champion Camden Hills (14-2-2), while Luke Velas and White creased the net for the Western titlist Yachtsmen (12-2-3) in the game at Clifford C. "Kippy" Mitchell Sports Complex.
Marshall Spear turned away 12 of 24 shots in goal for Camden Hills, while Will D’Agostino made one save on nine shots in net for Falmouth. The Yachtsmen held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Camden Hills held a 1-0 lead early in the second half when a through ball found an unmarked Morse deep inside the box, and the Windjammer settled the ball and went far post to beat D’Agostino to put Camden Hills up 1-0 with 38:23 remaining.
“I thought we left everything we had on the field,” said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “We played well enough to win, but we just had a couple bad breaks. A lot of people said we were going to come down here and get blown out, and to be up 1-0 was a great feeling.”
A great feeling, but short-lived.
One minute — literally — after Camden Hills took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Morse, the Yachtsmen responded when Velas creased the net on a scrum to the right of the net, which the sophomore forward buried at the 37:23-mark.
“Most dangerous times to give up a goal,” said Hurley. “First five minutes of each half and any five minutes surrounding a goal. It’s just one of those balls that bounced around and it came to the right foot.”
However, Falmouth pulled ahead for good with 8:29 remaining when White buried a penalty kick.
The Yachtsmen were setting up a corner kick that went into the scoring area and headed toward the net by a Falmouth player, but Jack Gallagher — the freshman hero of Thursday’s regional final overtime victory over Ellsworth — was called for a handball in the box, with his only play to make, in an effort to prevent an almost sure goal, was to grab the ball.
Gallagher was issued a red card and ejected from the game (the play was deemed to be unsportsmanlike), which set up White’s penalty kick. Goalie Spear guessed right and White went left with his kick to put the Yachtsmen on top.
“Can’t fault him for that,” said Hurley of Gallagher’s reaction play to prevent the goal.
Windjammer Peter Vannorsdall, whose throws were instrumental in Thursday’s regional championship win over Ellsworth, had one more in Yachtsmen territory with 30 seconds to play, but Falmouth quickly cleared it to kill the potential scoring threat.
Despite the Windjammers falling in their second straight state final, Hurley was excited for his players, particularly given how many underclassmen Camden Hills has opposed to Falmouth, a senior-laden team that boasts 15 seniors.
“This is a team in the truest sense of the word,” said Hurley of Camden Hills. “These guys care about each other [and] they work really hard. We just try to take care of each other out there and have fun.”
The game was scoreless after the first half, with Falmouth dominating both possession of the ball and shots, though the Windjammers played with the Yachtsmen and thwarted many opportunities, thanks to Spear and sweeper Marshall Crockett, who cleared many balls deep in Windjammer territory.
Camden Hills had a few scoring opportunities in the first half when Jack Henry Grannis-Phoenix made a run up the right sideline and found Morse, who made a terrific cross into the box to D’Agostino, who momentarily bobbled the ball.
Windjammer Alex Blackwell was there to nearly pounce on the ball, but the Yachtsmen keeper maintained possession.
Minutes later, Peter Vannorsdall was awarded a direct kick from about 12 yards from the goal, but booted it over the Falmouth wall and just over the crossbar.
The Yachtsmen also had several first-half scoring opportunities which were squandered due to the stingy ‘Jammer defense.
Falmouth defeated Camden Hills in last year’s state final by the same score in a game at Hampden Academy.
In the Eastern tournament, Camden Hills defeated No. 7 Hermon 4-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 3 Winslow 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals and No. 1 Ellsworth 2-1, also in OT, in the regional final to advance to the state finals.
In the Western tourney, Falmouth defeated No. 6 Gray-New Gloucester 4-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Maranacook of Readfield 2-1 in the semifinals and No. 1 Yarmouth 2-0 in the regional final to advance to the state finals.
It has now been 19 years since Eastern Class B won a state title, when Ellsworth defeated Marshwood of Elliot 2-0 in 1993.
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