High school boys soccer

Despite OT work, Camden Hills' yeoman effort not quite enough against Brunswick

Home-standing Dragons score winning goal in second OT to earn spot in Class A North final
By Mark Haskell | Nov 04, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, kicks the ball as Brunswick's Liam Driscoll defends on Nov. 2 in high school boys soccer in Brunswick. The Dragons defeated the Windjammers 1-0 in double-overtime in a Class A North semifinal playoff game.

Brunswick — With two evenly-matched opponents, games often are decided by one play. One defensive lapse can lead to the difference between triumph and heartbreak.

The No. 3 Camden Hills boys soccer team understands that differentiation too well as the Windjammers hit the road for a Class A North semifinal playoff game with No. 2 Brunswick on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2 with a spot in the regional championship in the balance.

And, after just more than 96 gritty, hard-fought minutes, the Dragons were rewarded with a goal off a counterattack, which proved the difference as the Windjammers were dealt a tough-luck, 1-0 high school playoff loss.

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Josh Musica headed in the game-winning score a mere 66 seconds into the second overtime — off an assist from Sebastian Matheus-Miguel — for Brunswick.

With the win, the Dragons (14-1-1) advance to the Class A North final on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at McMann Field in Bath, where they will face No. 1 Lewiston (14-1-1).

Camden Hills, which defeated No. 6 Mount Blue of Farmington 6-1 in the quarterfinals, saw its season wrap at 11-5. The Windjammers also lost to Brunswick 3-1 in a regular-season game.

Windjammer coach Ryan Hurley said “it was kind of like a heavyweight fight.”

“We had two totally different strategies and it was just counterpunch, counterpunch, who can take the next counterpunch,” he said. “And they got us at the end on a counterattack. We were tired and the back line broke down a little bit.”

Hurley said the Dragons strategy to put four players up against the defensive backs, “launching the ball and basically turning it into a track meet,” made it difficult for the Windjammers to gain possession. And even more difficult to churn out quality chances on net.

The veteran coach added the Windjammers had good and bad luck on the afternoon and “it was a pretty even game with several momentum swings.”

“We had some good luck in that Brunswick hit the post several times and the ball deflected out of bounds and some bad luck in that we were pretty sure we scored a goal in the second half that wasn't acknowledged by the officials,” said Hurley. “Overall, our community should be really proud of the way our players represented our community, they worked exceptionally hard and had chances to win the game but we didn't get the final play we needed to do so and Brunswick did.”

Of note in Saturday’s semifinal was Brunswick senior goalie Jack McDiarmid, who, after 80 minutes of regulation, came off the field and collapsed on the sidelines with what on-site officials called a “pre-existing medical condition.”

Play resumed after a 20-minute delay as an ambulance was called to take McDiarmid to a hospital. From there, backup freshman keeper Brady Laforge minded the net the rest of the way.

McDiarmid’s status for Tuesday’s regional final with Lewiston was unknown.

McDiarmid and Laforge combined to make four saves for Brunswick, while Casey Messer made eight stops — including a penalty kick — for Camden Hills.

The Dragons held a 24-14 edge in shots, while the Windjammers held a 23-12 advantage in fouls as both teams had players that were issued cards throughout the contest.

Both teams also suffered injuries in the game, including Camden Hills’ Levi Guay and a Brunswick player after both player’s heads collided on a 50-50 ball. Neither player returned. Later, the Windjammers also lost defender Jackson Fitch to injury.

The game was physical from the onset as play was relatively even through the first 40 minutes as both sides generated scoring chances, while the second half was a more one-sided affair as the Dragons were on the offensive, as the Windjammer defense dug in its heels to keep the higher seed off the scoreboard.

Early in the second half, the Windjammer defense got a brief reprieve after a portion of the net in Camden Hills’ goal became undone, which gave the players — who thwarted Brunswick scoring chances — a brief water break.

The Windjammers received a jolt in the final 11 minutes of regulation when they were called for a penalty, which set up a penalty kick.

Brunswick’s Lane Foushee went left — but so did Messer — as junior keeper came up with a key save that went off his body and back into the field of play. Messer then pounced on the ball before attacking players could attempt a rebound, which kept the game scoreless.

From there, Camden Hills was able to get into Brunswick territory, but only generated one quality chance on net.

That chance, by Quinn Brown, appeared to momentarily cross the goal line after nestling under the crossbar, but bounded back into the field of play before an official could make a determination.

In the first overtime, the Windjammers spent more time in the Dragon defensive end, but could not convert their one real chance — a breakaway up the left side by Ben Owre, who outran the Dragon defense — which went just wide right and out for a Brunswick goal kick.

In the second overtime — after the squads switched ends — Matheus-Miguel motored up that same left sideline for the Dragons.

Matheus-Miguel — well-marked by Charlie Griebel — put a spin move on Griebel and gave him a quick opening near the endline for a pass to Musica, who headed the game-winning goal past Messer for Brunswick.

“They gave it everything they had," Hurley said of his players. "I’m bummed out for the seniors. They’re fun to be around and they understand that you can work really hard and have fun at the same time. They’re a great group of kids. The effort was there, we just got unlucky.”

Camden Hills at Brunswick boys soccer
Brunswick hosts Camden Hills on Nov. 2 in high school boys soccer in Brunswick. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Daniel Rodriguez, middle, and Brunswick's Luke Cheseldine, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, and Brunswick's Liam Driscoll. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hill's Daniel Rodriguez, left, and Brunswick's Luke Cheseldine. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan, right, and Brunswick's Lane Foushee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan, left, and Taylor Wesbrock. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Fitch, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Fitch. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Fitch, left, and Brunswick's Lane Foushee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Daniel Rodriguez, right, and Brunswick's Lane Foushee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Daniel Rodriguez, right, and Brunswick's Lane Foushee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell, front, and Jackson Fitch, left, as well as Brunswick's David Nzuzi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Brownawell, front, and Jackson Fitch. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Taylor Wesbrock. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, left, and Brunswick's Alfonso Miguel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Achille Steinhoff, Quinn Brown, Max Moore, Sam Brownawell, Casey Messer, and Hugh Costigan, as well as Brunswick's Luke Cheseldine, middle, and Alfonso Miguel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Hugh Costigan, front and Quinn Brown, back, as well as Brunswick's Alfonso Miguel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, right, and Brunswick's Alec Hess. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Max Welt, right, and Brunswick's Brady Laforge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, front, and Gus Vietze. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, right, and Brunswick's Jack McDiarmid. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, middle, and Brunswick's Jack McDiarmid, left, and Coendradt Taylor. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Owre, middle, and Brunswick's Jack McDiarmid, left, and Coendradt Taylor. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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