High school girls soccer

State-bound again: Camden Hills tops rival Bangor for Class A North crown

Kelly, Roy, Heidorn notch goals as host Windjammers beat Rams 3-1
By Mark Haskell | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills players celebrate with their new Class A North championship plaque on Nov. 1 in Rockport. The Windjammer girls soccer team beat Bangor 3-1 to win their second straight regional crown. Camden Hills will play in the state championship game on Nov. 4 at Hampden Academy.

Rockport — The incredible Camden Hills offense, led by the topnotch, record-setting play of sophomore striker Kristina Kelly, has been lauded all season,

However, for the top-ranked, defending state champion Windjammer girls soccer squad on Wednesday, Nov. 1 — facing No. 3 Bangor for the Class A North crown at Don Palmer Field — it was the hosts' defense that put the winds at their collective backs.

And, ultimately, helped the Windjammers sail to their second regional title in three seasons.

The Windjammers and Rams were knotted 1-1 at halftime, but Camden Hills held Bangor without a shot over the final 40 minutes — and pumped in a pair of insurance goals for good measure — as the hosts took one more step toward their goal of back-to-back state crowns with an impressive 3-1 victory.

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With the win, Camden Hills (17-0-1 overall) moves onto the state Class A championship game, to be played on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at Deering High School (a recent switch from Hampden Academy, which was the original site).

The Windjammers will face top-ranked Scarborough (16-0-1), which beat No. 2 Kennebunk (12-4-1) 6-0 in the regional final, in Saturday’s state finale.

The state final was originally scheduled to be played at Hampden Academy, but the Maine Principals' Association announced the venue change Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Red Storm have been as dominate as Camden Hills this season, outscoring opponents 71-6, with 11 shutouts, in 17 games, including 9-1, with two shutouts, in the postseason.

Bangor, which has played Camden Hills in the last three regional championships and tied the Windjammers earlier in the campaign, saw its season conclude at 12-4-1.

Kelly, Eliza Roy and Lexi Heidorn scored goals for the Windjammers against Bangor on Wednesday.

“I just felt like we didn’t have any doubt in our mind that we were going to have this game,” said junior forward Roy. “We just came in knowing that if we played our game, we were going to win. Everyone worked together, we stayed calm and we did what we did best. We score and our defense played incredibly. And I think we can do it again on Saturday.”

Kelly netted a first-half tally for Camden Hills, while Roy and Heidorn creased the net in the second half for the hosts.

Rowan Andrews scored the lone goal of the game for Bangor.

Camden Hills held a 10-2 edge in shots through the first 40 minutes and outshot the visitors 25-2 overall.

The Windjammers, using superb team-wide passing with a purpose and with the intent to put themselves in best position to score, held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Izzy Lang minded the net for the hosts and Alexis LeBreton played in goal for the Rams.

The Ram defense did a nice job bottling up the Windjammers in the early stages of the game, as the visitors put many players in the box, which resulted in a few Camden Hills corner kicks.

But the hosts finally got on the board at the 26-minute mark when Kelly took a pass from Kassie Krul and fired a left-footed shot on net that beat the Ram keeper.

“[I was] just pushing as hard as I could,” said Kelly. “I knew we needed the goal so I was just trying to take shot after shot. I saw that there might be some space on the other side of the defender and just ripped one.”

It was her 70th career goal for Kelly, who now owns the school record for that distinction.

But Bangor, which lost 4-0 and tied 2-2 with Camden Hills during the regular season, made the most of the few opportunities it got offensively on the day, which began when Bella Varisco fired an indirect kick on net, which, ultimately, resulted in the lone corner kick of the day for the Rams.

Maddi Cormier put it on net and a pair of Ram players made contact with Lang — who went down — and an advantageous Andrews popped the ball into the net for Bangor.

Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer said she did not get a good vantage point of the Ram goal being down at the other end of the field.

“I was a little more upset with the handball that was called up here that got them down that far,” she said. “I didn’t feel like it was a handball, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The half ended 1-1, which marked the first time all season Camden Hills did not lead a game at halftime.

“I just told the girls [at halftime] we have to respect the fact that they came here with energy and enthusiasm and a belief that they could win,” said Messer of Bangor. “And it was our job to go out there and get the job done, execute properly and have confidence.”

“Yesterday she said, ‘People can hang with you for 20 minutes, they can hang with you for 30 minutes, they can even hang with you for 50 minutes,' ” said Kelly of coach Messer. “But nobody can stay with you for 80 minutes.’ And everybody got all their energy back they had at practice.”

Camden Hills, which has outscored opponents 20-1 in three postseason games this fall (they have, in fact, outscored foes 115-14, with nine shutouts, in 19 contests), beat the took the lead for good with 29:13 remaining thanks, largely, to to crisp passing, which began with Kaylyn Krul in the Windjammer defensive end.

She booted a through-ball ahead to Sarah Contento, who then touched it to Kelly, who made a move around a Ram defender.

Kelly and Roy momentarily got tangled up, but the ball settled on the foot of Roy, who fired a shot on goal that kissed the crossbar and bounced down into the net.

Heidorn added her tally when Kaylyn Krul booted a ball downfield that was headed by a Ram defender, but ended up on the foot of the freshman, who was off to the races.

Heidorn snuck it past the keeper — who made contact with the ball — but Heidorn got enough on it that it slowly crossed the goal line with the game’s final tally with 13:02 to play.

“I think one of the things we’ve really worked on this year is moving off the ball and being in the right spaces,” said Messer. “Lexi was zeroed in today. She was in the right place right time, not just then, but the majority of the time she was playing. Her spacing was great.”

And the confidence of Camden Hills — which last lost a game on Sept. 20, 2016 — could not be higher.

“We are so confident,” said Roy. “I think if we just do what we do best and we score and we pass like we pass and play defense and we always work hard to get the ball back, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

“You have to know that you deserve to be there and it’s a 50-50 shot,” Messer said. “That’s nice to know that you’re one of the two last teams to play at the end of the season.”

Bangor at Camden Hills
Camden Hills hosts Bangor on Nov. 1 in high school girls soccer in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, left, and Claire Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players, including Sarah Contento, Eliza Roy, Eve Gutheinz, Sarah Spizzuoco and Kaylyn Krul, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, Kaylyn Krul, Ella Pierce, Kassie Krul and Grace Blackwell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, Ella Pierce, Kassie Krul, Grace Blackwell and isabelle Lang. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, Kaylyn Krul, Kassie Krul, Sarah Spizzuoco, Grace Blackwell and Isabelle Lang. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, Kaylyn Krul, Kassie Krul, Grace Blackwell, Isabelle Lang, Eliza Roy and Sarah Spizzuoco, as well as Sarah Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, left, and her teammates. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Claire Pierce, left, along with her teammates. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Singing of the national anthem. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Grace Wrona, Taylor Johnson, Meghan Gallagher and Eve Gutheinz. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Taylor Johnson, Meghan Gallagher, Eve Gutheinz, Kristina Kelly and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, Kassie Krul, Grace Blackwell and Isabelle Lang. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, Sarah Contento, Lauren Miller and Camryn Langille. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Frances Ostensen, Alexandra Southworth and Anya Babb-Brott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Meghan Gallagher, Eve Gutheinz, Kristina Kelly and Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Bangor's Bella Varisco. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, right, and Bangor's Maddie Symonds. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, right, and Bangor's Maddie Ahola. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce, right, as well as Bangor's Maddie Symonds (21), McKenzie Lambert (20) and Bella Varisco (18), among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players swarm Kristina Kelly after she scores the first goal of the game. Among those are Eliza Roy, left, Kassie Krul, front, Kaylyn Krul, second from right, and Ella Pierce, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, left, and Kaylyn Krul, right, as well as Bangor's McKenzie Lambert. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly (2) and Kassie Krul, back, as well as Bangor's McKenzie Lambert (20). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Eve Gutheinz, left, and Bangor's Sophia Mullins. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, left, and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn, left, and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, front, and Claire Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, right, and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Spizzuoco, right, and Bangor's Rowan Andrews. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento, left, and Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Claire Pierce, front, and Bangor's Rowan Andrews (12), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A slew of Camden Hills and Bangor players vie for the ball. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
On a corner kick, Bangor looks to score its lone goal of the game. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
On a corner kick, Bangor looks to score its lone goal of the game. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
On a corner kick, Bangor scores its lone goal of the game. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento, left, and Bangor's McKenzie Lambert. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Meredith Messer, left facing, talks to her team. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Bangor's McKenzie Lambert. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, right, as well as Bangor's Alyssa Elliott, left, and Sophia Mullins. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Grace Blackwell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Bangor's McKenzie Lambert. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, as well as Bangor's Bella Varisco, left, and Isabelle Parkin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Eliza Roy, left, and Bangor's Eliza Jansujwicz. Roy scored on the play, the game's second goal and game-winner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Grace Blackwell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ella Pierce (13), Kristina Kelly, right, and Lexi Heidorn (25), as well as Bangor's Bella Varisco. Heidorn scored moments earlier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bangor goalie Alexis LeBreton retrieves Camden Hills' Lexi Heidorn's goal from the back of the net. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Isabelle Lang. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, left, Taylor Johnson (3) and Claire Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento, left, and Taylor Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sarah Contento, left, and Taylor Johnson, along with Meghan Gallagher, back left, and Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, left, and Grace Blackwell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills athletic director Steve Alex, left, hands the championship plaque to Camryn Langille, middle, and Claire Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, left, and Claire Pierce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, left, Claire Pierce, middle and Taylor Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camryn Langille, left, Claire Pierce, middle, Taylor Johnson, Meghan Gallagher and Lexi Heidorn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills players celebrate with their new regional championship plaque. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Jack Lane | Nov 04, 2017 07:19

Wonderful pictures of a beautifully successful team!



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