High school boys soccer

Late goal helps Windjammers net point-worthy stalemate with rival Rams

Exchange student Vincent Januscky scores first varsity goal to lead hosts
By Mark Haskell | Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Havana Lyman, left, and Bangor's Roland Mattsen battle for the ball during an Oct. 7 high school boys soccer game in Rockport. The Windjammers and Rams battled to a 1-1, double-overtime tie on Camden Hills' homecoming.

Rockport — The Camden Hills boys soccer team had its backs against the wall against top-ranked, unbeaten and defending state Class A champion Bangor for the better part of 70 minutes on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7 at Don Palmer Field.

But the Windjammers’ resolve did not break, and the wind stayed in their sails against the mighty Rams for the entire contest.

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And a late Windjammer goal from an unlikely contributor helped the hosts mightily in the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings by day’s end as Camden Hills battled to a 1-1 homecoming tie with Bangor after two 40-minute halves and a pair of five-minute overtimes.

“Bangor’s obviously a very talented team,” said Windjammer senior keeper Lucas Boetsch. “We just handed them their first tie of the season. I think all the boys put it all on the field and we finished with a very good result.”

The tie ended a 14-game unbeaten streak by Bangor, which was 10-0 heading into Saturday’s game and won the state title last fall. Bangor’s last loss was in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title game against Edward Little of Auburn last fall.

On Saturday, Vincent Januscky, a sophomore midfielder and exchange student from Poland, creased the net off a well-timed rebound with 6:50 remaining in regulation to knot the score for Camden Hills.

Boetsch had a terrific game in goal and racked up 13 saves on the afternoon, which made up for what can be termed a mental mistake by Boetsch 90 seconds into the game, which accounted for Bangor’s first goal, scored by Garth Bereyni.

Bereyni and Boetsch were one-on-one going for a 50-50 ball and Boetsch, who often takes free kicks for Camden Hills and has scored two goals this season, came up empty as he tried to clear the ball.

Bereyni sidestepped Boetsch and had a clear shot on net as Bangor took the early 1-0 lead.

Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley said while his team played well in the first half, Bangor’s goal was a tough one to swallow.

“The fanfare sometimes for the high school mind is not so good,” he said. “We were not ready to play. They played right through the middle and the best player in the state ran through and does what he does and scored a good goal. But I thought we responded pretty well [and] we started to get better possession.”

“I was a little down on myself because that’s not a goal you want to concede in a big game like this,” said Boetsch. “But we bounced back and I kept my head.”

“The best thing about this group is they never give up,” said Hurley. “They work their tails off.”

Bangor held a 14-5 edge in shots on the afternoon, while the opponents attempted three corner kicks. Alec Jansujwicz made four saves in goal for Bangor.

Hurley said Januscky joined the team a few weeks into the season as he was late arriving from Poland. He originally was assigned to the junior varsity team, but has swung up to varsity in recent games.

In fact, Januscky netted four goals in the Camden Hills’ junior varsity team’s 5-4 win over Bangor earlier in the day.

But his fifth goal of the day was no doubt the sweetest.

Hurley added that Januscky has mostly been playing “five to 10 minutes a game” on varsity the last few games, but played roughly 25 minutes in Saturday’s game after striker Will Nickerson went down with an injury.

On the tying goal, Marshall Merriam served a ball from the midfield area to a streaking Ben Owre down the right sideline and Owre had half a step on a Bangor defender and fired a shot on goal that bounced off the right post and bounded over to the left side of the frame.

“We were trying to set up in a way where we could get the ball in that space,” said Hurley. “Their back four is really good. It’s the same back four from the state championship last year. They don’t give up goals. So we knew if we were going to get behind them it was going to be on the outside and that’s where Ben was.”

Januscky was crashing the net and buried the ball with 6:50 remaining to knot the score.

“It bounced out and Vinny is right where he’s supposed to be and knocks it in,” said Hurley. “It was just awesome.”

Bangor and Camden battled for the regional championship last year — a 3-1 win by the Rams — and the Rams also beat the Windjammers 1-0 earlier this season at Bangor.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (6-2-3, 69.2857 points) is fourth, while Bangor (10-0-1, 136.6327 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Bangor at Camden Hills boys soccer
Camden Hills hosts Bangor on Oct. 7 in high school boys soccer in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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