High school girls soccer

Fantastic fourth: Class A crown again perfect fit for Camden Hills

Windjammers outlast Scarborough for third straight year for state's top pitch prize
By Zack Miller and Ken Waltz | Nov 11, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle, Kaylyn Krul, front right, and Ella Pierce, behind Krul, lift the state Class A soccer gold ball on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. The Windjammers beat Scarborough 2-1 in the championship game at Hampden Academy.

Hampden — If they keep up this level of pitch excellence, which, is possible and probably likely, Camden Hills girls soccer players and coaches will need to start using their thumb and other hand to indicate the Windjammers' number of state Class A championships.

That number know stands at four — as in four straight — as the Windjammers beat Scarborough on Saturday night, Nov. 9 in cold conditions on the artificial turf at Hampden Academy.

And as they have so often in recent seasons, the Windjammers (18-0) turned in an excellent all-around performance against the Red Storm (15-3) en route to the 2-1 high school pitch victory.

Watch video and see more photos below.

In fact, it was the third straight year Scarborough was the unfortunate opponent in the Windjammers' push to a state title.

In its three previous state Class A championship games, Camden Hills beat Scarborough 1-0 in 2018 and 3-2 in 2017 and Gorham 1-0 in overtime in 2016. Both previous victories against Scarborough also were by a single goal and ended potentially unbeaten seasons for the Red Storm.

On Saturday night, the Windjammers built a 2-0 lead and held on for the one-goal victory.

All the goals came in the first half, as Kristina Kelly and Ali Tassoni scored at the 36:11- and 26:52-marks for Camden Hills. Ella Pierce assisted Kelly's goal and Anya Babb-Brott assisted Tassoni's goal.

For Scarborough, Ashley Sabatino scored with 13:26 left in the first half.

Alex Southworth (6 saves) played in goal for the Windjammers. Camden Hills held a 9-7 edge in shots. Nicole Young played in goal for the Red Storm.

"I think I'm in shock, honestly," said Windjammer coach Meredith Messer of winning a fourth straight state title. "When the clock was counting down in the last 10 seconds I was kind of overwhelmed. It's such a special group of [players]. I don't think [a four-peat] has ever been done, so it's kind of amazing."

"[It feels] amazing," said Kelly. "Coming in as a freshman, I didn't even think I'd make varsity and then to be such a key player all four years and be able to enjoy it, I don't even know [what to say]. Probably this [state title is my favorite], because I felt like I had a bigger part in it. I just felt really strong on the field. My freshman year I made a lot of silly mistakes and last year [teammate Ella Pierce] scored the big [goal], and this year I felt like I contributed more."

"It feels so incredible," said Kaylyn Krul. "It's something I thought about since day one, but you don't want to think about it too much, but this is such a relief and unbelievable that we were able to accomplish [four straight titles].

"[It's surreal] because it's soccer and anything can happen. We've had so many close games over the years, that put us on edge, but we actually did it. Nothing beats the first [state championship]. The overtime goal [by Charlotte Messer] was one of the best feelings, and I was able to use the feeling on the rest of [the titles], but this one is on another level. We have that feeling that we got something else accomplished as well."

"I don't even know what to say," said Pierce. "We've put in the work and we knew we could do it, it was just getting there and doing it. We followed our dream from freshman year to win a state championship every year and to have that come true is absolutely unbelievable."

For Camden Hills, Saturday’s state final marked the fourth different field in four years the team played on for a state championship — Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Deering High School and McMann Field in Bath, the others.

It also was the first time in four years the Windjammers vied for a state title in a night game.

On Saturday night, the Windjammers extended their win streak — which began Sept. 20, 2016 — to 69 games.

Camden Hills includes seniors Frances Ostensen, Pierce, Kelly, Krul, Kasey Wood and Emie Wood; juniors Southworth, Lexi Heidorn, Anya Babb-Brott, Caroline Contento and Mary Kate Pons; sophomores Alison Saucier, Ella Powers, Tessa Whitley, Lauren Schenk, Ivy Merriam, Ali Tassoni and Allison Gill; and freshmen Kara Andrews, Darian Langille and Auren Teel. The head coach is Meredith Messer and assistant coach Josh Mahar.

Scarborough includes seniors Katrina Fowler, Young, Ava McDonald, Samantha Brodeur, Rachel Peterson, Sabatino, Emily Johnson, Sarah Callahan, Josie Patten, Madison Blanche, Madison Marinko; juniors Sidney Guite, Elaina Panagakos, Olivia Martel, Paige Sponner, Lily Davis, Grace Pettingill, Madison Scammell, Megan Mirehouse, Jordan Crosby, Abigail Drapeau,; sophomores Caitlin Noiles, Natalie Bilodeau, Una Diuranovic; freshmen Ali Mokriski. The head coach is Mike Farley and assistant coaches Doug Bennett, Jill Deering and Steven Tescott.

On Saturday, Camden Hills also continued the North's dominance in recent state games. The last time the South won the state crown was Windham in 2014.

This fall, the Windjammers won the North title and the Red Storm the South crown.

In the North playoffs, No. 1 Camden Hills defeated No. 8 Lewiston 12-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Oxford Hills of South Paris 11-1 in the semifinals and No. 6 Bangor 1-0 in the finals.

In the South, the No. 3 Red Storm defeated No. 6 Falmouth 1-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 7 Noble of North Berwick 3-1 in the semifinals and No. 1 Cheverus of Portland 2-1 in the regional finals.

For the Red Storm, Saturday’s state final was about removing the thorn — namely, the Windjammers — from their sides as Camden Hills also defeated Scarborough in the previous two state championship games.

Unfortunately for the Red Storm, that scenario did not play out.

The Windjammers — like they've done all season — started the game strong. Less than four minutes into the game, Pierce gained control of the ball just over midfield, touched to Kelly on the far side of the field, and Kelly found the bottom-right corner of the net for the game's first goal.

"There was a lot of space, and I was hoping I wouldn't mess it up," said Kelly. "I wasn't really thinking about the time, or the game, but where I was, and not kick it over [the net].

"When we get ahead we sometimes struggle to keep up the intensity, so I was really worried that we would back down. They had gotten into our end [of the field] and were dominating, and I thought that was going to lose it for us, and they were going to have the motivation after being down 1-0, but somehow we pulled it out."

Camden Hills padded its lead when Tassoni gained control on the far sideline, but the defender fell down as Tassoni brought the ball up the field. Tassoni's shot went off the left foot of Scarborough keeper Nicole Young, which redirected into the air, and then landed in the upper-right corner of the net with 26:52 to play in the first half.

Thirteen minutes later the Red Storm cut the Windjammer lead in half, when Scarborough gained possession along the near sideline, passed across the field to Sabatino, and, from 15 yards out Sabatino's shot snuck past the outstretched hand of Southworth and into the net.

The Red Storm appeared to have tied the game with under two minutes to play until halftime. Johnson gained control at midfield, found Pettingill along the near sideline, who passed to Rachel Peterson, who scored, but the sideline official had the flag raised to indicate a Scarborough player was offsides before the ball found the net.

"[After the goals] we played a little bit not to lose, instead of playing to continue to win" said Messer. "That's what we talked about at halftime. We had to get to the ball and we had to win. I thought we had a great second half. We had some decent looks, but not as nice as the first couple [of shots], but we capitalized on the ones we got, and we did enough."

The Red Storm have four state crowns to their credit as they collected state Class A titles in 2010 and 2012 and state Class B titles in 1998 and 1999.

This season, Camden Hills' offense ran directly though Kelly, who scored a whopping 49 goals, but also had several sensational second scoring options — that most teams would be elated to have as their first options — in Heidorn (16 goals), Pierce (15 goals) and Tassoni (15 goals).

Heidorn did not play Saturday's against Scarborough due to an injury, which led to offensive changes for the Windjammers.

"I had to play [Ostensen] up on the front line [with Heidorn out] just to give [players] breathers," said Messer. "Then [Tassoni] came out of the game (due to injury), so I was down to no forwards, so I just decided to put someone back on defense so we didn't give up a soft [goal], and that was okay with me."

"It was harder to keep possession [with Heidorn out]," said Pierce. [Heidorn] is such a possession player, and gives awesome through-balls, but with [Tassoni's] speed up top, we have that advantage too. I thought we were able to adapt really well, which is something that has made our team really great all four years, in being able to adapt no matter who is there. Every year we lose players, but the players that are new or underclassmen step up."

Kelly, Krul and Pierce have been starters and significant contributors on all four state titles for the Windjammers.

In the regular season, the Windjammers outscored opponents 96-10 and 24-1 in the regional playoffs. Overall, deep, talented, championship-inspired Camden Hills outscored opponents 122-12, with nine shutouts, this fall.

The Red Storm were led offensively this fall by Sabatino (17 goals, 5 assists), Mokriski (15 goals, 8 assists), Callahan (8 goals, assist) and Noiles (8 goals, 7 assists).

Sabatino was the lone remaining Scarborough player from the first state championship showdown between the squads two years ago.

Scarborough outscored opponents 53-5 in the regular season and 6-2 in the regional playoffs. The Red Storm also held opponents off the board through the first six games of the season and 10 of their 14 games overall in the regular campaign.

For Saturday night, it was the prolific, high-scoring offense of the Windjammers against the tenacious, tough-as-nails defense of the Red Storm. It certainly had the makings of another all-out classic and, in the end, turned out that way.

While the Red Storm won their first 12 games of the regular season, they dropped their final two: 2-1 to Gorham and 1-0 to Cheverus.

With their state title victory, Windjammers improved their impressive unbeaten streak, in its fourth season, at 69 games. The Windjammers are 68-0-1 since their last loss — against Bangor — on Sept. 20, 2016.

The Windjammers also win the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship this fall.

Kelly, a senior committed to play Division I college soccer at Central Connecticut State University, scored 14 goals in the postseason. In her four years at Camden Hills, she amassed a school-record 159 goals, 64 assists and 37 hat tricks.

"[These seniors] don't take it for granted," said Messer. "They know how special it is. They've done a fantastic job leading this group. There's a lot of younger kids. We had a brand new defense back there today, except for Tessa [Whitley], and they had to come up big and they did a great job."

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Camden Hills and Scarborough girls soccer
Camden Hills and Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills Regional High School girls soccer — 2019 state Class A champions. The Windjammers won their fourth straight state title with a 2-1 decision over Scarborough on Nov. 9 at Hampden Academy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, middle, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson, left, and Sarah Callahan. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, middle, and Scarborough's Sarah Callahan. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, left, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, left, and Kaylyn Krul, back, as well as Scarborough's Emily Johnson, back, and Madison Scammell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, left, and Kaylyn Krul, back, as well as Scarborough's Emily Johnson, left, and Madison Scammell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, front, and Scarborough's Madison Scammell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, right, and Scarborough's Emily Johnson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, left, and Scarborough's Madison Blanche. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, front, and Scarborough's Josie Patten, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, front, and Scarborough's Josie Patten, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, front, and Emie Wood, left, as well as Scarborough's Catilin Noiles. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, left, and Emie Wood, back, as well as Scarborough's Catilin Noiles. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, front, and Caroline Contento, right, as well as Scarborough's Catilin Noiles. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, front, Caroline Contento, back, and Emie Wood, right, as well as Scarborough's Catilin Noiles. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Emie Wood. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Emie Wood. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Emie Wood. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, middle, and Scarborough's Josie Patten, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Scarborough's Madison Blanche. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Scarborough's Madison Blanche. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Scarborough's Madison Blanche. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, left, and Scarborough's Josie Patten. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, front, and Scarborough's Josie Patten. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, front, and Scarborough's Josie Patten. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, front, and Scarborough's Josie Patten. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers, front, and Scarborough's Ashley Sabatino. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and coach Meredith Messer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, top, and coach Meredith Messer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and coach Meredith Messer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, Ella Pierce, middle, and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle, and Kaylyn Krul, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Camden Hills vs. Scarborough on Nov. 9 in high school girls soccer in Hampden. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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