Tigers best Windjammers in sticky homecomingCamden Hills remains in regional postseason mix
Rockport — The Camden Hills field hockey team had its hands full on homecoming weekend as the Windjammers hosted Gardiner, one of the top teams in Eastern Class B, on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12.
The Windjammers managed to hang with the Tigers throughout the game despite being outshot and ultimately outplayed as the hosts fell 2-0.
“Gardiner has an all-around tough team and we knew the game would be close,” said Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement. “They are a skilled and aggressive team, but fortunately our defense was able to prevent them from scoring more goals. It was clear that Gardiner dominated the second half as the ball barely left our half of the field, yet we managed to shut down their scoring opportunities with our young team.”
The Tigers (10-3, third in Eastern Class B) scored both goals in the first half, as Nickyia Lovely found the back of the cage with 13:29 left, on an assist from Madeline Reny, and Emily Malinswki scored with 24 seconds remaining.
Gardiner outshot Camden Hills 20-1 and held a 17-2 edge in penalty corners. Desi Dodd made 18 saves in goal for the Windjammers, while Emalee Couture made one save in the cage for the Tigers.
Clement praised her young defense, particularly Ellie Pendleton, Caroline Keefe and Emily Daggett, who were paramount in keeping the game close in the second half. The coach added that Meg Dowd and Eva Ritchie “did a great job pressuring the ball” in the defensive midfield, while Macy Buck and Addie Bragg did a good job up top, “but Gardiner did a good job at shutting down their breakaways.”
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (5-8, 22.5255 points) is eighth, while Nokomis of Newport (13-0, 137.1939 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.