ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills girls soccer team took a 1-0 advantage in its Class A semifinal playoff game with Brunswick on Saturday, Oct. 30 on rain-soaked Don Palmer Field.

At that point, the No. 2 Windjammers, with a championship pedigree and long history of pitch success, may have felt they were in strong position for a sweet pre-Halloween treat — namely, a home playoff victory.

Camden Hills’ Ali Tassoni (9), Ella Powers (10) and Amelia Johnson (3), as well as Brunswick’s Elysia Palmer (21). Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

However, the fire-breathing No. 3 Dragons had other ides as the visitors responded with two goals en route to a 2-1 victory.

The Windjammers, who have a relatively young squad after winning four straight state Class A titles 1996-1999 before being sidelined in 2020 due to the pandemic, finished their campaign at 13-3.

Camden Hills’ Sydney Stone (13) and Britta Denny, as well as Brunswick’s Elysia Palmer, left. In back is Windjammer Brenna Mackey. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Brunswick (14-2), which also defeated Camden Hills 2-1 in the regular season, advances to the regional final to play No. 1 Bangor (16-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Messalonskee in Oakland.

On Saturday, the Windjammers got a goal from Ali Tassoni at 34:43 of the first half with a strong push through the defense to beat the goalie.

The Dragons responded with two goals in the same half 27:02 and with a mere four seconds left before the break. Riley McAllister scored the first goal off a scrum in front of the goal and second came on a corner kick, with the name of the scorer unavailable.

Camden Hills finished with 14 shots and one corner kick. Brunswick ended with five shots and four corner kicks.

Maddy Tohanczyn played in net for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills, which has only a handful of seniors it will lose to graduation, beat No. 7 Hampden Academy 5-0 in the quarterfinals. The Dragons bested No. 6 Mount Blue of Farmington 5-0 in the previous round of the postseason.

“The girls fought the whole game and created many good chances,” said Windjammer coach Meredith Messer. “Defensively, we didn’t give up a goal in the run of play, which is great. Dead balls play a crucial role in close games and they finished their chances.

“I am very proud of our effort and of the leadership from our captains —  Tessa [Whitley], Ali [Tassoni], Ella [Powers] and Syd (Stone). Our starting seniors played with class and grit. Tessa is the best back in the state, Ali is tenacious and plays with fire and Ella has the heart of a warrior. It hurts to lose, but we played hard and faced the challenges of weather, field conditions and playing from behind with class and determination. We created four opportunities in the last three minutes alone. This is a group of winners even if the score didn’t reflect it.”