High school girls soccer

High-powered offense helps Windjammers sail past visiting Rams

Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly logs 16th career hat trick in victory
By Mark Haskell | Sep 05, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Kassie Krul (10), along with Bangor's Rowan Andrews, left, and Riley Andrews, during a Sept. 4 high school girls soccer game in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Rams 6-4.

Rockport — It had been nearly four years since the Camden Hills girls soccer team had given up four goals in a game. And a tough defensive day like that likely would sink most high school squads after 80 minutes on the pitch.

However, the two-time defending state Class A champion Windjammers, are not most teams.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The Windjammers weathered the storm from visiting Bangor in an early-season showdown between two of Class A North’s top squads on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and got a hat trick in the first half from junior forward Kristina Kelly on way to a 6-4 win over the Rams at Don Palmer Field.

Kaylyn Krul, Kassie Krul and Eliza Roy also creased the net for the hosts, while Roy and Ella Pierce logged assists. The Kruls are sisters.

Olivia Drake, Libby Spekhardt and Sophia Mullins scored for Bangor (1-1), while Camden Hills (2-0) also benefited from an own-goal late in the contest. Brianna Adams added an assist for the Rams.

Izzy Lang made 19 saves in net for Camden Hills, while Alexis LeBreton made 22 stops in goal for Bangor.

The Windjammers held a 33-14 advantage in shots, while the Rams finished with a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

“The pressure that we put on the offensive end is pretty intense,” said Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer. “It’s hard to stop for 80 minutes. They just keep coming at you. And a game like this really shows us what we do well and what we need to work on through the course of the season.”

The Windjammers have not given up four goals in a game since they made the move to Class A, as the previous time they allowed four goals came in their final season in Class B, when the then No. 5 Windjammers fell to then top-ranked Waterville 4-1 on Nov. 1, 2014.

On Tuesday, Camden Hills got on the board with a pair of scores from Kelly — assisted by Roy and Pierce — in the first seven minutes, but Bangor returned the favor with a pair of goals within a minute from Drake and Spekhardt — the former of which came off an assist from Adams.

“We let them get to the corner and they had a crossing ball that we probably could have cleared," said Messer. "And then off the restart, they intercepted our pass and they put a ball through on the ground and it just went under Izzy as she was coming out to get it. It was really quick.”

However, the Windjammers took the lead back for good with 6:15 to go in the first half.

Kassie Krul found sister, Kaylyn Krul, on a short pass near the top of the box, and Kaylyn Krul buried a shot from about 20 yards away to give Camden Hills a 3-2 lead.

Kelly completed her hat trick with 57.4 left in the first half when she motored up the left side and put a shot on goal that was saved initially by the Ram keeper, but popped off her palms and up and over into the goal to double Camden Hills' lead.

Kelly, the Windjammers' all-time leading scorer as a junior, now has 75 career goals and a whopping 16 hat tricks.

“The biggest difference for her this year is her fitness,” said Messer of Kelly, who was an All-American last year. “She’s really been working on that. She’s just so fit you can’t keep up with her for an entire game. And the thing that makes her the most special is she’s as fast and quick with the ball on her foot as she is without it. And that’s a rare thing.”

Camden Hills dominated possession for the majority of the second half and took a 6-2 advantage after scores from Roy and Kassie Krul, which put the game out of reach.

Bangor got two late goals — one from Mullins and the other off an own-goal — but the game was not as close as the final score might indicate.

Messer said she has been rotating a large group of defensive players early in the season, with that side of the field still a work in progress.

“We lost our two starting center backs [Claire Pierce and Camryn Langille] from our defensive line from last year, so that’s our biggest challenge is to figure out what two people work best in the middle,” the veteran coach said. “Eve Gutheinz does a fantastic job serving the ball, but it’s a new position for her, so she’s got to work on that. And we want to pair her with someone who can win the ball in the air and has some speed. But we don’t want to take Sarah Spizzuoco off the wing. So it’s just a matter of getting people the experience they need and easing them into that position.”

Bangor at Camden Hills girls soccer
Camden Hills hosts Bangor on Sept. 4 in high school girls soccer in Rockport. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce (4) and Bangor's Olivia Drake, left, and Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce (4) and Bangor's Olivia Drake, left, and Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce (4) and Bangor's Olivia Drake. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce (4) and Bangor's Olivia Drake. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Bangor's Emily LeClair. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Kassie Krul (10), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Kassie Krul (10), along with Bangor's Rowan Andrews, left, and Riley Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Kassie Krul (10), along with Bangor's Rowan Andrews, left, and Riley Andrews, back. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Bangor's Rowan Andrews, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Bangor's Riley Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Bangor's Riley Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Tessa Whitley, left, and Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Tessa Whitley, left, and Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Tessa Whitley, left, and Sarah Spizzuoco, back, along with Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Izzy Lang. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eve Gutheinz, left, and Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Izzy Lang. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Bangor's Celia DeDiego. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills's Caroline Contento, left, and Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. Windjammer Kaylyn Krul is behind. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills's Caroline Contento, left, and Bangor's Libby Spekhardt. Windjammer Kaylyn Krul is behind. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Emie Wood, right, and Bangor's Meg Putnam. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Powers. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn, left, and Bangor's Sarah Hollis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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