High school boys soccer

'Amazing performance' helps Windjammers dominate Cougars in playoff win

Home-standing Camden Hills avenges earlier loss to Mount Blue, faces Dragons in semifinals
By Ken Waltz | Oct 31, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Ben Owre heads the ball against Mount Blue on Oct. 30 in high school boys soccer in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Cougars 6-1 in a Class A North quarterfinal playoff game.

Rockport — Throughout the fall, the Camden Hills boys soccer team, like most high school athletic squads, experienced peaks and valleys as the Windjammers worked through another learning, growing campaign.

On Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30, the talented Windjammers soared as high as they had all season with a complete performance in the first round of the Class A North playoffs.

The strong effort could not have come at a more opportune time.

No. 3 Camden Hills, which worked hard from end to end for the entire 80 minutes on Wednesday, clicked on all cylinders en route to a dominating 6-1 victory over No. 6 Mount Blue of Farmington in a quarterfinal clash on slick, rain-soaked Don Palmer Field.

Watch video and see more photos below.

With the win, Camden Hills (11-4) moves on to face No. 2 Brunswick (13-1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., in the regional semifinals. However, the game could be moved to 2 p.m. on the turf field at McMann Field in Bath if Brunswick determines its field is unplayable.

Mount Blue, which beat Camden Hills 3-1 on Sept. 24 in Rockport in the opponents' lone regular-season contest, saw its campaign end at 4-8-3.

The Dragons beat No. 7 Brewer (5-10) 4-0 in the quarterfinals to earn the right to play Camden Hills in the next round.

In their lone regular-season meeting, Brunswick beat Camden Hills 3-1 on Sept. 19 in Rockport.

"It had been awhile since we've had a home playoff game on Don Palmer Field and the boys really came out with an amazing performance today," said longtime, highly-successful Windjammer coach Ryan Hurley. "Everything we have been working on all season was present today and I couldn't be more proud of these boys.

"The goals we scored were class goals and we defended well and transitioned well. This is a win to savor and enjoy. We are 11-4 now and playing really well, the boys are fired up for a rematch with Brunswick in the semis."

The Windjammers, certainly buoyed by a large, vocal, supportive student fan section, tallied a bundle of "beautiful" goals on Wednesday, many coming after tremendous passing and superb all-around team collaborations.

Coach Hurley said the Windjammers had "revenge on their minds" facing the Cougars, one of only four teams to beat Camden Hills this season (Lewiston, Brunswick and Mount Ararat of Topsham were the others).

As Hurley said, the hosts "left no doubt who the better team was in the playoff rematch."

Quinn Brown finished with a hat trick and three other Windjammers got on the board in the 6-1 final.

Casey Messer, who turned in a strong, consistent, take-charge performance in net, finished with seven saves ,while Joe Dill finished with eight saves in the Cougar goal.

The Windjammers outshot the Cougars 25-10 and held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

Brown opened the scoring at the 25-minute mark when he laid out for a nifty diving header, assisted by Achille Steinhoff. Brown scored again a mere four minutes later with a full volley off of a well-placed Ben Owre cross.

Mount Blue got into the scoring action at the 18-minute mark with a ball that eluded Messer and slowly bounced into the net to make it 2-1.

Seven minutes later, Brown slammed home a header, off the foot of Owre, to complete his hat trick.

With three minutes to play in the half, Max Moore headed home a perfectly-placed Gus Vietze corner kick and the Windjammers went into the halftime break with a 4-1 cushion.

Mount Blue "came out determined," said Hurley, in the second half and put pressure on the Windjammer net for the first 15 minutes. However, Camden Hills' defense, anchored by Messer, was up to the task and kept the Cougars at bay.

At the 20-minute mark, Owre found the net as Daniel Rodriguez assisted. Not to be outdone, Rodriguez closed the scoring for the Windjammers at the 16-minute mark, assisted by Steinhoff.

In 15 games this season, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 43-18, with four shutouts.

Mount Blue at Camden Hills boys soccer
Camden Hills hosts Mount Blue on Oct. 30 in high school boys soccer in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Max Moore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, Taylor Wesbrock, front, and Ben Owre, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell, left, Ben Owre, middle, and Taylor Wesbrock, right, as well as Mount Blue's Aidan Decarolis. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan, Levi Guay, Sam Moody, Sam Brownawell, Quinn Brown, Ben Owre and Taylor Wesbrock. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Casey Messer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Taylor Wesbrock. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Casey Messer, middle, Taylor Wesbrock, front, and Sam Moody, back, as well as Mount Blue's Josh Smith. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, left, and Mount Blue's Colby Ranger. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan, left, and Mount Blue's Jackson Joyce, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on Oct. 30 in high school boys soccer in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Max Moore, middle, and Mount Blue's Jackson Joyce, left, and Jack Murray. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, left, and Mount Blue's Michael Ferrari. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell, right, and Mount Blue's Edan Havtan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, back, and Achille Steinhoff, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Taylor Wesbrock, left, Sam Moody, back, and Daniel Rodriguez. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Max Welt, right, and Mount Blue's Adam Loewen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Achille Steinhoff. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Achille Steinhoff. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Achille Steinhoff, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Daniel Rodriguez. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell, left, Gus Vietze, front, Sam Moody, middle, and Casey Messer, back, as well as Mount Blue's Jackson Joyce, left, Josh Smith, middle, and Edan Havtan, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Gus Vietze. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, left, and Daniel Rodriguez. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre (30) and Daniel Rodriguez. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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