Nothing ventured, nothing gained for Oceanside, Camden HillsMariners celebrate homecoming with scoreless battle with Camden Hills
Thomaston — Playing each other always seems to bring out the best in the Camden Hills and Oceanside high school girls soccer teams — even when the rivals cannot figure out a way to beat the other.
That was the case Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21 during the Mariners' annual homecoming celebration as the two squads, again among the best in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B ranks, battled toe to toe for 90 minutes and had to walk off Sam Pendleton Field with nothing settled.
The Mariners and unbeaten Windjammers, ultimately, shared the valuable Heal Points from Saturday's tough affair, for now, until the next time they meet.
When the final whistles had been blown by the officials, the rivals had played 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtimes, ultimately, being forced to settle for scoreless tie.
Camden Hills led 8-7 in shots, while Oceanside had two corner kicks to the Windjammers' one. Oceanside also led 8-5 in direct kicks.
Kayln Grover made eight saves in net for the Mariners and Rachel Pease seven stops in the Windjammer goal.
The game was the typically hard-fought, evenly-matched clash between the talented Midcoast squads. The contest was a back-and-forth affair with quality scoring chances for both teams.
Of note is the fact highly skilled Windjammer freshman Charlotte Messer knocked her second-half penalty kick off the post after a handball infraction in the penalty area against the Mariners created that scoring opportunity.
The Windjammers and Mariners have experienced success putting the ball in the net and keeping opponents from the doing the same thus far this fall. In fact, in five games, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 26-1, with four shutouts, while the Mariners have outscored foes 12-1 in five contests, with four shutouts.
Oceanside's lone loss is 1-0 to Gardiner.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (3-1-1, 15.4974 points) is third and Camden Hills (4-0-1, 11.6964 points) seventh. Hermon (5-0, 24.2347 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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