Windjammers blank Mustangs to remain unbeatenCamden Hills coach Hurley calls Mount View game toughest test thus far
Rockport — Once the calendar turns from September to October, every game is meaningful in high school boys soccer, particularly in jam-packed Eastern Class B.
Camden Hills and Mount View annually have been two of the top-tier squads in the region the past decade and renewed that rivalry Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1 at Don Palmer Field, as the Windjammers put their undefeated season on the line against the talented Mustangs.
The Windjammers led 1-0 after 40 minutes and the team's depth, talent and stellar overall play eventually wore down the visiting Mustangs as the hosts sailed to a 3-0 win.
Colin Morse, Grayson Szumilas and Josiah Simko creased the net for the winners on assists from Yanni Stancioff, Alex Blackwell and Nick Walker, respectively.
Mount View goalie Mikey Hustus was busy the entire afternoon as he made 24 saves on 39 shots, several of which took top-notch stops on shots from the talented Windjammer offense.
Marshall Spear minded the net for the 'Jammers, turning away 10-of-13 shots. The hosts also held a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.
“Camden's that good,” said Mount View coach Chris Hink. “We came out of here with 3-0 loss, that says a lot about who we are as a team. We were resilient and we didn't get absolutely demolished by the best team in our conference, or maybe even in Class B.”
'Jammer coach Ryan Hurley said Tuesday's game was the toughest test his squad has faced this year.
“Chris does a great job with those guys,” said Hurley. “They're really organized, they always play hard until the last whistle and they gave us a couple nice runs.
“It took us a while to settle in I think, because we've been blowing teams out. It was nice having it be a close game, but it took us a little time to adjust.”
Through eight games, the Windjammers, the two-time defending Eastern Class B champions (the team has played in three straight regional finals), have outscored opponents 52-2, with six shutouts.
Camden Hills got on the board with 16:40 left in the first half when Morse scored, on an assist from Stancioff, while Blackwell found Szumilas a mere 14 seconds into the second half, to double the host's score.
“I'm surprised we didn't fold [after that second goal],” said Hink. “I guess that's a big part of what I like about our team. That could have easily gone the other way and the score would have been 8-0 easily.”
The 'Jammers rounded out the scoring with 1:47 left when Walker gobbled up an attempted defensive clear deep in Mount View territory and touched it to Simko, who beat a diving Hustus top shelf for the game's final tally.
Hink said that opportunities the Mustangss had to score “were real nice, and a few just missed.”
“We did a heck of a job defensively, especially in the first half when we were not as tired,” Hink said. “They did a great job of moving the ball quickly and keeping us spread out, and that's something we have to work on as a team.”
Hurley said the 'Jammers are right where they want to be, but there always is more work to be done.
“They got us offsides six or seven times, and that's too many, obviously,” Hurley said. “We've got to do a little better job handling that next time.”
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-0, 41.0714 points) is third, while Mount View (4-3-1, 20.5357 points) is ninth. Presque Isle (6-1-1, 43.4311 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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