With nose for goal, Camden Hills uses scoring blitz to top Medomak ValleyWindjammers too deep, talented for young Panthers in 8-0 victory
Rockport — When the Camden Hills and Medomak Valley girls soccer teams stepped on Don Palmer Field Friday afternoon, Oct. 4 for a late-season high school pitch clash, the longtime rivals were in the midst of two different seasonal stories.
On the one hand, the Windjammers were one of only three unbeaten teams in Eastern Class B, working to finish among the top three in the eventual regional postseason standings.
On the other hand, the young Panthers were battling in each game to forge precious victories and earn one of the region's final postseason spots.
On Friday, it was the more skilled, experienced hosts who ruled the day, and the contest, as Camden Hills overwhelmed the visitors, using its strong passing game and nose for the goal to defeat Medomak Valley 8-0.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-0-1, 44.4005 points) is third and Medomak Valley (2-7-1, 13.8520 points) 14th. Waterville (10-0, 66.6582 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The outcome of Friday's game was not included in the most recent Heal Point Standings, thus, Camden Hills might be seeded as high as second.
In Friday's contest, the Windjammers scored early and often. In fact, things went so well for the hosts that, in the second half, they took standout goalie Rachel Pease out of the net and she proceeded to tally a goal.
Pease and Emma Vannorsdall played in goal for Camden Hills and Chelsea Ripley and CeCe Luce in net for Medomak Valley.
The Windjammers led 5-0 at halftime.
Camden Hills spread the offensive wealth as Addie Drinkwater scored two goals and Emma Gutheinz, Izzy Gutheinz, Brynn Anderson, Pease, Kaitlyn York and Charlotte Messer one. Lea Smith tallied two assists and York, Hannah Corney, Anderson and Natalie Hamalainen one. Messer scored on a penalty kick.
The Windjammers constantly moved their players to different spots on the field.
Drinkwater scored her goals with 35:49 and 16:13 left in the first half, while Emma Gutheinz scored with 15:16 left and Izzy Gutheinz with 13:45 remaining in the opening half. Anderson completed the first-half scoring with 3:23 left.
Pease departed her usual duty of keeping the ball out of the goal to putting the ball in the net with less than a minute gone in the second half as she scored with 39:04 remaining. York made it 7-0 with a goal with 37:12 left. Messer completed the scoring with 32:28 remaining when she converted a penalty kick after being tripped in the penalty area.
Camden Hills finished with 27 shots on goal and a bundle of corner kicks. Ripley and Luce, who played the final three minutes of game, combined to make 19 saves, several of the tough variety.
Pease and Emma Vannorsdall were not really tested in the Windjammer net.
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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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