The Medomak Valley boys soccer team hung tough for nearly the entire first half Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9 against neighboring Camden Hills on Don Palmer Field as the visiting Panthers were a mere five minutes from going into halftime down only one score.

However, the Windjammers, the three-time defending regional champs, capitalized on a pair of goals late in the opening 40 minutes and put the game out of reach for the Panthers as the hosts sailed to a 6-0 win.

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Camden Hills has outscored opponents 16-0 in two games.

On Tuesday, Josiah Simko scored three goals on three assists from Jack Gallagher, while Max Pushaw and Bill Bracher each scored one goal and Field Leonard and Josh Pitcairn added one assist for the winners.

Adam Throne turned away six shots in goal for Camden Hills (2-0) and Noah Beck made five saves in net for Medomak Valley (0-1-1). The Windjammers outshot the Panthers 15-5 and led 3-0 in corner kicks.

"We played a solid game today against a Medomak team that is going to have a strong season," said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. "Josiah Simko worked hard all game and earned a hat trick for his efforts. Our defense played well enough to earn another shutout and our midfield moved the ball well. We are headed in the right direction and will face another stiff test Friday night [Sept. 12] at Lincoln Academy, which is always a challenging place to play."

All three of Simko's and Gallagher's collaborations came in the first half, the first of which came about 10 minutes into the game.

Then late in the first half, Simko streaked down the right sideline and received a nice through-ball from Gallagher. Simko and Beck collided in an effort to reach the ball, but Simko's momentum pushed the ball over Beck and over the goal line with 4:17 remaining.

Simko received a similar pass from Gallagher with time winding down in the half as the steady senior touched it far side past Beck and into the net with 36.4 seconds left.

The Panthers nearly got on the board less than a minute into the second half when a lapse in the Camden Hills defense allowed Panther forward Zidane McMurrin a one-on-one play with Throne.

McMurrin looked to chip the ball over Throne, but the ball deflected off the keeper's fingertips and off the crossbar, back into play and into the hands of Throne.

Then with 19:18 remaining, off a direct kick, a Windjammer player settled the ball in the box and nearly scored as he played the ball off his body and over the head of Beck, but a Panther defender booted the ball into the net in an attempt to clear the ball out of the goalmouth, which resulted in an own-goal.

Pushaw and Bracher added goals late to close the game for Camden Hills.