In a game between two talented, evenly-matched teams, one play often can be the difference in a squad moving on to the next round of the playoffs and the other going home disappointed.

Unfortunately for No. 3 Camden Hills on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, playing on the road against No. 2 Hermon with a regional championship berth on the line, the experience favored the latter.

Hermon scored the lone goal of the 80-minute contest four minutes into the second half and Camden Hills (13-3) could not respond as the Hawks soared to the Eastern Class B championship game with a 1-0 victory.

Hermon (14-2) moves on to the regional final, where it will face No. 1 Presque Isle (15-1), 5-1 winners over No. 4 Winslow (12-3-1) in another semifinal playoff game Oct. 27.

On Saturday in Hermon, Savannah Allain scored for the hosts, on an assist from Maddie Page, to lead the Hawk offense.

Camden Hills outshot Hermon 6-4, while the Hawks held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Rachel Pease made three saves in goal for the ‘Jammers, while Bryanne Crouse made six saves in net for the Hawks.

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The game was evenly played throughout the first half, but the Hawks broke the scoreless tie in the first few minutes of the second half off on a dangerous throw-in.

Page made a somersault, or flipping sideline throw into the Windjammer penalty area and through the box and Allain crashed the weak side of the net and beat Pease into the lower corner of the net for the game’s only score.

A somersault throw-in is more difficult to defend because a thrower has his/her entire body weight and momentum behind the throw, thus the ball can travel farther and be more of an offensive weapon than a regular two-hand/armed throw-in.

Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer said Pease “was right on it but just couldn’t get down quick enough.”

“I thought we played very well,” said Messer. “We talked the last couple of days about how this game was going to come down to one play and that’s what it was. One throw-in. That was the difference in the game.”

Camden Hills and Hermon played in the preseason, so Messer and her student-athletes had a basic idea of what to expect from the host Hawks.

“We knew it was going to be a good up-and-down game,” she said. “We certainly had great opportunities in the second half to even it up, but it was a good match. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to."

Messer will lose many talented seniors to graduation this season, and while the Windjammers fell short of their ultimate goal — playing in a state Class B championship game — the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title, which they won 1-0 over Morse of Bath Oct. 17 in Augusta, is an excellent consolation prize.

“This was a year where literally anyone in Class B could go out and beat anyone,” said Messer. “This was a tight race this year and I feel badly that these girls aren’t going to be able to [play on]."

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.”