High school girls soccer

Same old winning song and dance for smooth-sailing Windjammers

Three-time defending state champion Camden Hills starts new campaign with victory over rival Bangor
By Mark Haskell | Sep 06, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Frances Ostensen, middle, and Bangor's Maggie Cowperthwaite, right, among others on Sept. 5 in high school girls soccer. The visiting Windjammers beat the Rams 3-1 in Bangor.

Bangor — New team. New season. Same result.

The Camden Hills girls soccer team did not waste time in its season-opener on the road on Thursday night, Sept. 5 against Bangor and, ultimately, began the season the same way its previous campaign ended: With a win.

Granted, Thursday’s high school pitch win was not for the state crown — which the Windjammers have won three years running — but it was against arguably its most signficant rival and perhaps its toughest competition in Class A North.

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The Windjammers got its typical burst of offensive firepower from familiar names — and had a superb defensive performance from youngsters looking to make names for themselves as well — as the defending champs sailed to a 3-1 win over the Rams.

Thursday’s win extends Camden Hills’ impressive unbeaten streak — which now is into its fourth season — at 52 games. The Windjammers are 51-0-1 since its last loss — against Bangor — on Sept. 20, 2016.

Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer said her team was on Thursday “calm, very patient and it was a great start for us.”

“We expect people to come and bring their best against us,” she said. “So it’s important for us to set the tone with possession [and] quick passes and I think they did that really, really well.”

Kristina Kelly led the Windjammers with a goal and an assist in the first half, while Kaylyn Krul and Ali Tassoni also creased the net for the visitors and Ella Pierce logged one assist.

For Bangor, Emily Streams scored the team’s lone goal, off an assist from Sasha Jansujwicz, late in the second half.

By halftime, Camden Hills had taken 13 shots and three corner kicks. While they only pumped in one second-half goal, the Windjammers worked over the Ram defense the final 40 minutes as the Windjammers ended the contest with 21 shots on goal and eight corners.

Bangor ended with five shots and two corner kicks.

Alex Southworth minded the net for the Windjammers and Hannah Osmer for the Rams.

Camden Hills held the edge in possession early and broke into the scoring column with 11:24 left in the first half when Pierce motored up the right side and to the endline and deposited a pretty cross to the goalmouth — and, onto the head of Kelly — who popped it in to give the visitors the early lead.

“We talk all the time about the best way to score is to get to the baseline,” Messer said. “We were passing a lot in the middle of the field [early] but we weren’t really getting wide and getting deep. But Ella can serve a ball. That was a beautiful goal.”

It appeared the Windjammers would settle for a one-goal halftime lead, but Kelly — on the opposite side of the field of Pierce — scooted up the left and to the endline and fired a rocket on net that went through the hands of the Bangor goalie.

The ball ended on the foot of Krul, who creased the net with 2:03 to go in the half.

Camden Hills continued to outwork Bangor throughout the second half and tired the Ram defense with a litany of activity inside the box, much of which resulted in corner kicks.

The score remained 2-0 for much of the second half before both teams traded goals late a mere 34 seconds apart.

Tassoni got tangled with the Ram keeper and chipped the ball into the net with 4:45 to play, while Bangor got on the board with 4:11 remaining after Jansujwicz fired a cross from the corner into Streams on the near post, who nestled it between the post and Southworth for the Rams’ lone score.

Messer graduated the majority of her starting defensive unit last year, but Thursday’s grouping of Mary Kate Pons, Emi Wood, Tessa Whitley, Caroline Contento and Ivy Merriam did well to hold Bangor off the board for the game’s first 75 minutes.

“We still have work to do,” the coach said. “We have a really young back line and our only returning starter is a sophomore. They did a really nice job today, and the pressure they exposed gave us some good things to focus on before our next game.”

While Whitley was a starter last year as a freshman for Camden Hills, Pons, Wood and Contento earned their first career starts on defense on Thursday.

Camden Hills at Bangor girls soccer
Bangor hosts Camden Hills on Sept. 5 in high school girls soccer. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor's Maggie Cowperthwaite, left, and Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Emie Wood, Tessa Whitley and Mary Kate Pons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Alex Southworth. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Bangor's Alyssa Elliott, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ivy Merriam, left, and Mary Kate Pons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Emie Wood, front, and Tessa Whitley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Tessa Whitley, left, and Bangor's Olivia Drake. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Frances Ostensen, left, and Bangor's Maggie Cowperthwaite. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Ali Tassoni. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ivy Merriam. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor's Hannah Sherwood, left, and Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor's Hannah Sherwood, left, and Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor's Hannah Sherwood, left, and Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ali Tassoni, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Bangor's Hannah Osmer, left, and Camden Hills' Ella Pierce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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