Windjammers ground Eagles, sail onto semifinalsSweeting, Smith tally goals to push Camden Hills past Ellsworth
Rockport — Fresh off capturing the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B crown, the Camden Hills girls soccer squad returned to work — and its winning ways — on Tuesday, Oct. 23, this time in the regional playoffs.
The No. 3 Windjammers (14-2 overall) defeated No. 6 Ellsworth (11-5) 2-1 in an Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game on Don Palmer Field.
Cailland Sweeting and Lea Smith tallied goals for the Windjammers, while the visiting Eagles saw Katey Smith score with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
Rachel Pease made five saves on 12 shots in goal for the Windjammers, while Jessica Toothaker made six saves on 11 shots in goal for the Eagles. Both teams took four corner kicks.
The Windjammers took a 1-0 lead on Sweeting's goal with 32:24 remaining in the first half and sailed to a 2-0 lead when Smith booted a ball from well outside the 18-yard line and into the net with 5.8 seconds remaining.
Camden Hills will play at No. 2 Hermon (13-2) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in a semifinal playoff clash. The 'Jammers and Hawks do not play each other in the regular season.
On Tuesday, the Windjammers made it 1-0 when Sweeting "sent a rocket," said Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, to the far post from the top of the 18-yard line, on a pass from Caroline Matteo.
Smith scored in the final seconds when she sent a ball on goal and it went into the upper 90 over the goalie's outstretched hands.
Messer said, in the second half, "We had three more excellent chances when Kristina Alex hit the crossbar, Cailland Sweeting hit one just over [the bar] and Emma Gutheinz missed a breakaway."
"We played a great first half starting early with the scoring and possession," said Messer. "Ellsworth tested the defense in the opening minutes but we held strong. Our experienced backs played very well together. They don't get rattled easily.
"The second half we found ourselves playing a little too much defense so we will work on this the next few days. I was proud of the girls for staying together, encouraging each other and giving 100 percent. We substitute a lot so the girls play as hard as they can when it is their turn. We look forward to the next game."
This year, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 44-13 in 16 games, with nine shutouts, and the Windjammers have been shut out twice, losing to Winslow 4-0 and Morse of Bath 3-0.
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