No stopping Camden Hills in dominating boys soccer playoff winNo. 2 Windjammers beat No. 7 Hermon, host No. 2 Winslow Oct. 27
Rockport — After losing two of its most recent three games, it appeared the Camden Hills boys soccer squad was in a bit of a rare funk, but that all quickly changed with a dominating performance by the Windjammers in the first game of the regional tournament.
The No. 2 Windjammers (12-1-2) made quick work of No. 7 Hermon (6-6-4) to the tune of a dominating 4-0 victory in an Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 24 on sun-splashed Don Palmer Field.
With the victory, the Windjammers will host No. 3 Winslow (11-1-3) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in a regional semifinal game.
During their lone regular-season meeting, the Windjammers and Black Raiders played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie. On Saturday, the two squads will need to decide on a winner because there are no ties in the postseason.
Camden Hills, which won the regional crown last year and made it to the regional final two seasons ago, does not face Hermon during the regular season.
The Windjammers came into Wednesday's game having lost a 2-1 regular-season game to Oceanside of Thomaston/Rockland and falling to Maranacook of Readfield 1-0 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game, sandwiched around a 2-0 regular-season win over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.
Camden Hills also had seen its multi-year, 41-game regular-season unbeaten streak come to an end against Oceanside, so the Windjammers had to regroup and did that in a positive way against the Hawks Wednesday.
Winslow earned a trip to the semifinals on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over No. 11 Oceanside in another quarterfinal game Wednesday.
Against Hermon, Camden Hills used consistent, methodical all-around play, which included strong passing, sturdy defense anchored by goalie Marshall Spear, and a nose for the goal in beating the Hawks.
Colin Morse and Grayson Szumilas scored two goals apiece to carry the day for the Windjammers, while Alex Blackwell chipped in three assists and Szumilas one. Blackwell nearly had a goal but his shot grazed off Morse's shoulder and into the net, giving him an assist.
Camden Hills led 1-0 at halftime and added three second-half goals.
"I was extremely happy with the way we played the game today," said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. "We had a lot of players really step up and contribute in a positive way and we executed our game plan to a T — it was a great way to start the playoffs. We'll enjoy the win and get back to work [Oct. 25] preparing for an excellent Winslow team that we battled hard earlier this season. It should be an awesome [Saturday, Oct. 27] of soccer."
Morse scored, on Szumilas' assist, with 30:31 left in the first half. Then, in the second half, Morse scored again, on Blackwell's first assist, with 28:48 remaining. Szumilas then added two straight goals, both on Blackwell assists, with 26:03 and 18:59 left. Szumilas' first goal came on a beautiful head ball.
Spear played a strong game in net for the Windjammers, making five saves, many in heavy traffic. Brendon Dyer had 11 saves on 15 shots in goal for Hermon. Camden Hills held an 11-6 edge in shots. Adam Throne also played in net for Camden Hills late in the game. The Windjammers held a 1-0 edge in corner kicks.
Several Windjammer players sported mohawk haircuts.
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