High school girls soccer

If shoe fits: Kelly's 100th career goal highlights Windjammer win over Dragons

Roy hat trick, Kaylyn Krul's two goals push Camden Hills past Brunswick in clash of unbeatens
By Mark Haskell | Oct 09, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle, with her mom, Erika, left, and dad, Jack, after an Oct. 9 high school girls soccer game with Brunswick in Rockport in which Kelly scored her 100th career goal as a member of the Windjammers.

Rockport — Any hopes of a competitive, down-to-the-wire clash between Class A North’s two top-ranked and unbeaten high school girls soccer teams — Camden Hills and Brunswick — were dashed after the first 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9 at Don Palmer Field as the two-time defending state champion Windjammers took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

And just like that, the game’s final 40 minutes turned into a game of “Will she or won’t she?” in reference to junior goal-scoring machine Kristina Kelly, who sat on 99 career goals heading into Tuesday’s showdown with the Dragons.

“It was kind of cool and suspenseful,” said longtime Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer. “We’re just waiting and waiting. But she’s so calm and so patient and she’s so deliberate. She doesn’t get rattled. She was just biding her time and waiting.”

Then, with the score 5-0 late in the second half, Kelly received a pass from teammate Ella Pierce in the goalmouth, turned herself away from a Dragon defender and booted an off-balance, left-footed shot short side that snuck between Dragon keeper Aisley Snell and the post for Kelly's 100th career goal with 12:28 remaining in the contest.

It was a fitting end as the Windjammers (12-0) sailed to a 6-0 victory.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The loss dropped the previously-unbeaten Dragons to 10-1-1 on the season.

The historic scoring milestone puts Kelly, well, in a class by herself as the first high school girls soccer player in state Class A history to collect 100 career goals.

She also is the 16th girls player in state history to amass 100 goals, all others of who earned the distinction playing in Class B, C or D.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” said Kelly, who now has 24 hat tricks and 33 assists. “I’m just so excited. I’m speechless.”

“Girls don’t come along that can do that and they don’t come along in Class A because the competition is so tough,” said Messer. “For her to do what she’s done in three years is pretty amazing.”

“My main focus was winning the game,” said Kelly. “I was trying to shoot when I could, but make the right decisions because, ultimately, it’s the team over me.”

However, Kelly was cognizant of the fact that time was running out late in the second half.

“I try when I play not to think because I get so nervous,” she said. “So I knew there wasn’t much time left and I was kind of panicking a little bit. I was just trying to play good soccer and make the right decision. I knew it would come eventually.”

Of course, by and large, while Kelly’s goal took top billing, it did not factor mightily into Camden Hills’ dominating win over the Dragons.

Eliza Roy collected a hat trick on the day, while Kaylyn Krul also creased the net with a pair of long-distance scores for the Windjammers. Kaylyn Krul, Roy, Eve Gutheinz and Kelly logged assists.

Roy said, of the team’s showdown with the Dragons, “They gave us the good game we expected, but it just came down to who wanted it more.”

“I think from the front to the back everyone played an incredible game,” said Roy. “And I am so excited because I think it gives us the energy and mentality that we can do anything as a team.”

Camden Hills dominated possession and wore down Brunswick throughout the game. The hosts led 24-10 in shots, while both teams attempted one corner kick.

Izzy Lang and Alex Southworth split time in goal and made 10 saves for the Windjammers, while Snell and Beth Labbe made 17 saves for the Dragons.

Kelly, a 5-foot 3-inch athletic dynamo, who has an exquisite blend of foot speed, leg strength and unmatched ball-foot skills, had several opportunities to net her 100th goal through the game’s first 67 minutes, but hit multiple posts and crossbars. When the iron did not do her in, it was Labbe, who made several diving saves to keep Camden Hills’ top goal scorer off the board.

“I felt like today their goalkeeper was zeroed in on Kris and made some amazing saves on some of her shots,” Messer said.

And, when it was not a crossbar, or a post — or Snell or Labbe — even her own cleats tried to deceive her.

Kelly fired a shot on goal with about seven minutes to go in the first half, and then “the whole inside of my foot [cleat] came open and the soles fell out.”

“I planted my right foot and my foot just came out,” she said. “I’d never had that happen before. I’ve always been the kid that buys the $40 cleats and they last for four years.”

“It was cute,” said Messer with a laugh. “Her shoe fell apart and I said, ‘Do you have an extra pair?’ And she said ‘No they’re coming this week.’ She’d ordered a new pair. So I just said ‘Who wears a 6 ½ or a 7?’”

As it turned out, junior varsity player Ivy Merriam did.

Thus, Kelly’s 100th goal came in Merriam’s cleats.

“My friend’s mom turns around really panicked and said, ‘Does anyone have a size 6 1/2 or 7 shoe?’ ” said Merriam. “And I said, ‘I do.’ And she said, ‘Run them down to Kris she needs a pair of cleats.’ So I grabbed my cleats and ran down from the stands.”

“She just came running in with her cleats and said I could use them,” said Kelly of Merriam. “She’s so nice. I can’t thank her enough.”

Following the game, Merriam said that Kelly "ran off the field and took the cleats off as quick as she could because I had a jayvee game starting right after theirs ended."

"Mary Kate Pons said, 'It's so cool Ivy gets to say her shoes were the ones that Kris scored her 100th goal in,' " said Messer. "And that's kind of cool."

Merriam agreed.

"I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal when I handed her the cleats," Merriam said. "But then everyone started cheering and after the game everyone is saying, ‘Oh my gosh your cleats were used to get Kris’ 100th goal.’ And I thought about it more and I thought wow, that’s pretty cool.”

Brunswick, which had outscored opponents 51-6 through 11 games as it headed into Tuesday’s clash — including six shutouts — could not get its offense going throughout the game, which was primarily midfielders pushing the ball up the middle to striker Charlotte MacMillan, who would outrun the defense for a goal-scoring opportunity.

However, the Camden Hills defense bottled up MacMillan, and essentially, any other Brunswick player fortunate enough to get free, throughout the 80-minute affair.

“I think people don’t really realize how fast Sarah Spizzuoco is or Grace Blackwell is,” said Messer. “I think probably the knock on us is you can beat us over the top, but it’s tough because we’re fast back there.”

Camden Hills, which has outscored opponents 85-6 through 12 games, jumped to a 1-0 lead with 28:42 to go in the first half with a bevy of precision passes.

Kelly slid the ball through to Kaylyn Krul, who found Roy in front of the net. Roy settled the ball, turned and fired the ball past Labbe to put the hosts on the board.

Then, with 16:09 to play, Kaylyn Krul, who is the team’s go-to dead ball striker, after a foul, netted a goal from about 25 yards out off a free kick that went through the Dragon keeper’s hands to put the Windjammers up 2-0.

Krul added a second long-distance score with 11:55 to go on a shot from about 30 yards.

“As a defensive player I don’t get many opportunities to shoot, so I have to make them count when I get the chance,” said Kaylyn Krul.

Roy added two more scores in the second half, off assists from Gutheinz and Kelly, with 17:41 and 12:59 to play, respectively.

Then, Kelly, the daughter of Jack and Erika Kelly of Lincolnville, netted her 100th goal a mere 31 seconds later.

Roy said Kelly “never gives up and has earned every single one of those 100 goals.”

“There are no words to describe how proud I am of her,” Roy said. “Since freshman year she has played amazing every game and is an irreplaceable part of our team. She always leaves me in awe with how fast and tenacious she is and how easily she finds the back of the net. I love playing with her because she inspires me to play my hardest and sets an example for the rest of the team.”

“What is most impressive about Kristina is not just the goals she scores, but how hard she works defensively as well,” said Kaylyn Krul. “Kris’s special knack for scoring is one of the reasons why our team is not just another state championship team. She’s the finishing touch on what may be the best girls team in the history of our state.”

Following the game, athletic director Steve Alex presented Kelly with the ball she scored her 100th goal with, along with a plaque.

And posed for photos — with her teammates looking on — all of whom were wearing novelty 100 glasses to commemorate Kelly's significant milestone.

“I love my team,” said Kelly, who also came to high school after she compiled 33 goals and 24 assists for Lincolnville Central School. “They’re so supportive and we have so much fun together on and off the field. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (11-0, 143.0612 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Camden Hills’ 10-1 win over Cony on Sept. 25 has yet to be reported to the Heal Point site, thus, the Windjammers are 12-0.

The Windjammers are now 43-0-1 in their last 44 games dating to Sept. 20, 2016.

Brunswick at Camden Hills girls soccer
Camden Hills hosts Brunswick on Oct. 9 in high school girls soccer game in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills team members pose with Kristina Kelly, middle, after she scored her 100th career goal. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Brunswick's Emily Larochelle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, right, and Brunswick's Emily Larochelle, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, with teammates on the sideline behind. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Marley Groat. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Brunswick's Marley Groat.
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Marley Groat. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Alexis Guptill. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Brunswick's Isabella Banks.
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, left, and Brunswick's Emily Larochelle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, left, and Brunswick's Emily Larochelle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, right, and Brunswick's Mikaela Aschbrenner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, and Brunswick's Beth Labbe. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Marley Groat. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, middle, and Brunswick's Mikaela Aschbrenner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Marley Groat. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Marley Groat. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Mikaela Aschbrenner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly and Brunswick's Mikaela Aschbrenner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Brunswick's Mikaela Aschbrenner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, Kassi Krul, Ella Pierce and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Kristina Kelly and Ella Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly and Ella Pierce, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Kaylyn Krul, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, facing, and Ella Pierce, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Ella Pierce, Eliza Roy and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Ella Pierce, Eliza Roy and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, Ella Pierce, Caroline Contento, Kassie Krul, Kristina Kelly and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, Ella Pierce, Caroline Contento, Kassie Krul, Kristina Kelly, Eliza Roy and Anya Babb-Brott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, left, and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills athletic director Steve Alex, coach Meredith Messer, Kristina Kelly and Erika Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills athletic director Steve Alex, coach Meredith Messer, Kristina Kelly and Erika Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, left, and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, left, and Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, Kristina Kelly, Erika Kelly and Jack Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Izzy Lang, Eve Gutheinz, Kassie Krul and Ella Pierce, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Anya Babb-Brott and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Kassie Krul and Ella Pierce, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Grace Blackwell, Izzy Lang, Eve Gutheinz and Kassie Krul, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Grace Blackwell, Izzy Lang, Eve Gutheinz and Kassie Krul, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Ella Power, Mary Kate Pons, Grace Blackwell and Izzy Lang, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, Sarah Spizzuoco and Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, Lexi Heidorn and Tessa Whitley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Anya Babb-Brott and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Anya Babb-Brott and Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Erika Kelly, Kristina Kelly and Jack Kelly. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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