Windjammers sail to two-goal victory over rival MarinersGirls soccer: Camden Hills completes regular-season sweep of Oceanside
Thomaston — In an athletic contest between top teams, the outcome often hangs on one squad's mistakes and the other team's ability to exploit them.
That scenario played out on Pendleton Field on Saturday afternoon Oct. 13, as Oceanside hosted Camden Hills, renewing one of the Midcoast's most intense and competitive high school girls soccer rivalries.
The Windjammers (11-2) made the plays they had to in an otherwise evenly-contested game and capitalized on a few Mariner miscues to spoil the host's homecoming with a 2-0 win.
It was the second victory of the campaign by Camden Hills over Oceanside, with the 'Jammers earning a 3-0 win Sept. 22 in Rockport.
On Saturday, Emma Gutheinz scored for Camden Hills, off an assist from Kristina Alex, while Oceanside also conceded an own goal in the loss.
"I felt that the girls played very well," said Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer. "We played with confidence, consistency and good sportsmanship. Our style of play is to possess and connect passes. We did that well."
Kennadi Grover made 10 saves on 13 shots in net for the Mariners, while Rachel Pease made 10 saves on 10 shots in goal for Camden Hills. Oceanside held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks, while Camden Hills led 10-5 in direct kicks.
The Windjammers got on the board with 17:55 remaining in the first half when Alex served the ball, off a corner kick, into the box to Gutheinz, who attempted to touch the ball past Grover. The senior keeper momentarily had control of the ball, but it trickled past her for the game's first tally.
"We earned the corner, we won the ball, we headed the ball and followed up the shot on the first goal," said Messer. "I thought we did exactly what we needed to do."
Camden Hills added an insurance goal with 31:20 left in regulation when Autumn Coyle served the ball from well outside the 18-yard line on net, which deflected off an Oceanside player, through Grover's fingertips and into the net for an own goal.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (8-3-2, 90.6250 points) is fifth, while Camden Hills (11-2, 123.2143 points) is third. Hermon (12-2, 140.8929 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs. Both the Marines and Windjammers are playoff-bound.
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