High school girls soccer

Camden Hills blanks Bangor in anticipated regional championship rematch

Kelly nets hat trick for eighth straight game, defending state champs remain unbeaten
By Mark Haskell | Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Bangor's Riley Andrews vie for the ball during an Oct. 7 high school girls soccer game in Rockport. The Windjammers beat the Rams 4-0 in a homecoming pitch affair.

Rockport — The rivalry between the Camden Hills and Bangor girls high school soccer teams is slowly becoming one of the state’s best.

And that rivalry was between the Windjammers and Rams was renewed on the pitch on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7 at Don Palmer field — in conjunction with the school’s homecoming festivities — which, ultimately, gave the late-season showdown more of a playoff feel than usual.

The Windjammers — the defending regional and state Class A champions — looked every bit the part against the Rams throughout the 80-minute affair and got another three-goal performance from sophomore Kristina Kelly en route to a 4-0 victory over the visitors.

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For Kelly, it was the eighth straight game the goal-scoring phenom had recorded a hat trick. Eliza Roy also added a late goal for the hosts, while Kaylyn Krul and Ella Pierce logged assists.

Camden Hills held a 27-8 advantage in shots, while Bangor held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Izzy Lang made eight saves in goal for the Windjammers, while Alexis Lebreton made eight saves for the Rams.

Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer said the game was “intense” and her team “had to play really well” to get the victory over the Rams.

“I thought we moved the ball well, we stayed patient and I was proud of our defense in the second half,” she said. “When they started to apply a little more pressure we got a little disorganized, but we brought it back together and stayed solid.”

Bangor’s Libby Spekhardt had a shot at a goal late in the first half, but Lang gobbled up the ball and quickly put Camden Hills on the offensive in transition.

Kelly received the ball at midfield and was motoring up the middle before she was taken down from behind my a Ram defender, which set up a free kick.

Kaylyn Krul then quickly found Kelly moving toward the frame and she evaded several Ram defenders before netting the first goal of the game to put Camden Hills up 1-0 with 37.8 remaining in the first half.

Kelly found the goal again with 28:48 remaining in the second half, on an assist from Ella Pierce, and again with roughly six minutes to play on a tremendous individual effort up the right sideline.

“We moved her around a little bit to see if we could get her some more space,” said Messer of Kelly, who now has 59 career goals and is eight from tying the school scoring co-record of 67 shared by Emma Gutheinz and Charlotte Messer. “I thought Kris handled it really well, because it can be a little taxing to have that much pressure on you for an entire game. But she did a nice job, kept her composure and finished her opportunities.”

Roy added an insurance goal a minute later for good measure on a shot that grazed the crossbar and bounded over the line.

Coach Messer added that the Rams were dealing with injuries, including midfielder Isabella Varisco, who went down with an injury on the play where Camden Hills scored its first goal, and another player returned for Saturday’s game after a bout with appendicitis.

“That’s unfortunate for them and for us,” she said. “We like to play against a full squad. But that was a piece of it too I think. They got a little tired and Izzy made some fantastic saves. A couple of those could have gone in the back of the net.”

In their last eight games spanning back to the beginning of the 2015 season — which includes four regular season, two Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship and two regional championship games, Camden Hills is 4-3-1 and has outscored Bangor 19-13 in those contests.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (10-0-1, 101.8367 points) is second, while Brunswick (11-0, 114.2347 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Bangor at Camden Hills girls soccer
Camden Hills hosts Bangor on Oct. 7 in high school girls soccer in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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