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High school girls soccer

Camden Hills gets kick out of honoring seniors, intrasquad game

Four-time Class A champion Windjammers sit on 69-game unbeaten streak after season canceled due to COVID-19
By Ken Waltz | Oct 16, 2020
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. Windjammer Caroline Contento, left, and Kyra Anderson.

Rockport — Of course, it was not an official opportunity to extend its unbeaten streak to 70 games, cap another undefeated season or win a fifth straight state Class A championship in dramatic fashion, but it was a chance to play the game the young student-athletes love in front of a smattering of spectators behind the fenced barrier.

Thus was the scenario on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15 for the Camden Hills Regional High School girls soccer squad, which recognized its seniors on sun-splashed Don Palmer Field before another competitive, toe-to-toe intrasquad scrimmage.

Watch video and see more than 100 photos below.

It was a fun, spirited, face mask-attired event in sparkling fall weather that again showcased how talented and deep the Windjammers remain and the reason they again were the favorites to win the state crown in a fall so drastically altered by COVID-19.

While a handful of surrounding high schools — and dozens of educational institutions around the state — opted to play reduced, regional interscholastic competition due to pandemic safety concerns, Five Town Community School District officials decided most CHRHS fall athletic programs, including soccer, football and field hockey, could only converge for practices, skill work and intrasquad play.

That is why Thursday's event was so special.

Namely, Camden Hills got to recognize its seniors — Caroline Contento, MaryKate Pons, Anya Babb-Brott and Alexandra Southworth — and play a "real" 11-on-11 soccer game.

“We had a very competitive, fun, intense match last night and the girls appreciated the opportunity to play 11 versus 11 very much,” said veteran Windjammer coach Meredith Messer. “The younger kids are benefiting from playing with the older players and the older players are embracing their chances to lead, encourage and really participate in continuing to build our program. The girls have been amazing, the parents have been very flexible and supportive and [athletic director] Jeff Hart has been wonderful — continuing to find ways to get the kids to play safely and to have the parents and grandparents able to watch safely. [Assistant coach] Josh [Mahar] and I feel very lucky to have been able to play and coach and continue our relationships with these amazing girls.”

Messer said the high school program has 32 players this fall. She said student-athletes have played two Red versus White scrimmages and tied both times. Last week it was 1-1 and on Oct. 15 it was 2-2.

For the Red team in the Oct. 15 scrimmage, Sydney Stone opened the scoring for Red before Ivy Merriam scored two goals to put White ahead. Jaden Johnson, a freshman, scored the tying goal for Red.

Violet Libby was the freshman goalie for Red and Southworth “played an amazing game in goal” for White, the coach said. Both keepers made strong saves, “but Alex had a game-winning breakaway save late in the second half to keep her team in it,” the coach added.

"She is so confident and relaxed in the goal,” Messer said of Southworth. “I am proud of her — she has worked incredibly hard training in the off-season. Her goal is to play in college and I think she has an outstanding career awaiting her."

The coach said the program’s seniors have been instrumental in shaping this strange, difficult season.

“I had some ideas, but, ultimately, we crafted a structure,” she said. “We have been practicing on Monday and Wednesday as junior varsity and varsity teams and then we have played games on Tuesdays and Thursdays in mixed teams. I created three teams and we play 9-versus-9. We have a game schedule and we will have playoffs and a winning team. We will have a Golden Boot winner for the season, an all-defensive player and a rookie of the year.”

Not playing official interscholastic games has proven especially heartbreaking for the Windjammer girls since that meant they would not be able to defend their state pitch title for the fourth straight year.

With their fourth straight state Class A title victory last year, the Windjammers improved their impressive unbeaten streak to 69 games. The Windjammers are 68-0-1 since their last loss — against Bangor — on Sept. 20, 2016.

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Camden Hills girls soccer on Oct. 15 in an intrasquad game in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Camden Hills girls soccer scrimmage on Oct. 15 in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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