OAKLAND – As the clichÃ© goes, it’s hard to beat an opponent three times in the same season.
This is exactly what the Camden Hills No.2 boys’ soccer team aimed to do against No.5 Brunswick in the Class A North High School Championship game on a cold and chilly Wednesday night, November 3. at the Messalonskee high school.
The Dragons scored the first with a pair of first-half turf goals, while the Windjammers, despite their best efforts, failed to score the equalizer in the second half as Brunswick claimed a relentless victory. 2-1 to win the regional championship.
With the win, Brunswick (13-4-1) qualified for the State Class A title game, where he lost to Marshwood of Eliot (16-2-1) 2-1 on Saturday. November 6 at the Massabesic high school in Waterboro. .
Camden Hills had another impressive season at 12-4-1.
Camden Hills team members, coached by Ryan Hurley, include Finlay Fitch, Max Welt, Eric LeBlond, Jackson Fitch, Cameron Brown, Ben Schenk, William Eggena, Lucas Wyman, Avery Hackett, Lucas Moody, Quinn Riordan, Charlie Pons, Wilson Fedarko, Jordan Peasley, Roan Aldridge-Peacock, Samuel Brownawell, Elijah Stone, Aaron Stone, Adrian Pierce, Evan Constantine, Henry Pharris, John Pessara, Ben Tohanczyn, Joah Thompson, Emmett Marshall and Eben Weislogel.
Members of the Brunswick team, coached by Mark Roma, include Brady LaForge, Chris Kousky, Mateus Nascimento, Luke Patterson, Iain Clendening, Henry Heyburn, Liam Driscoll, Carlos Pedro-Missione, Jack Banks, Tucker Gagnon, Kaeilin Gerwig, Gus Silverman, AJ Wolverton, Luke Vazdauskas, Judah Greenwald, Matthew Poulton, Victor Jimenez, Maxwell Hamilton, Brandon Ellis, Adam Porter, David Nzuzi, Alberto Rufino-Ricordo, Tommy Labbe and Sid Pols.
âI thought the effort was there,â Hurley said. âWe played hard. We played the whole game from start to finish. I thought we had a chance to win at the end and I think we played a good part of the game when it comes to possession. “
Camden Hills beat No. 7 Mount Ararat of Topsham 2-1 in the quarterfinal and No. 3 Brewer 5-4 in the semifinals.
Brunswick beat No.4 Bangor 4-0 in the quarter-finals and defeated Lewiston 2-1 in the semi-finals.
Thus, the Dragons eliminated three consecutive opponents of higher rank to win the regional title.
In Wednesday’s game, played in temperatures in the 1930s (it was so cold, players could see their breath), Brunswick held an 11-6 lead in shots and a 5-3 advantage in shots. corner foot.
Pharris made eight saves for the Windjammers and Laforge two saves for the Dragons.
The early stages of the first half were a midfield battle before the Dragons could capitalize on a goal against their Windjammer side.
The ball was traversed into Windjammer’s goal mouth by Banks and a handful of players, who pushed off a defender and passed a plunging Pharris with 7:31 left in the first half.
Then, at 6:53 left, a Camden Hills foul in the box resulted in a penalty, which Clendening buried to Pharris’ right, giving the Dragons two goals in 38 seconds and a 2- advantage. 0.
Brunswick held serve in possession for the first 20 minutes of the second half before Camden Hills quickly cut their deficit in half after a Dragon foul gave the Windjammers a straight kick just outside of the 18-meter line.
Brown quickly buried the top test shelf in front of LaForge with 22:12 remaining.
The goal put the wind in the sails of the Windjammers, but, in the end, the seed couldn’t give the net another quality chance to tie the score.
âCredit to them,â Hurley said. âThey defended, they played their way and it’s working for them. They defended very well and played against and they scored the goals they needed.
He added that the Dragons changed their formation Wednesday from a 4-1-1-4 to a 4-2-3-1 and that Camden Hills was also “really unlucky” in the latter stages of the first half. time.
“The first goal we scored on ourselves,” he said. âIt was not a goal on their part. We kicked the ball into our own net. And the second goal was an unlucky penalty kick. It’s going to happen in these games.
âWe also had a few key guys who rolled their ankles [Brown and Riordan] in the first 15 minutes of the game and that changed things.
The Windjammers defeated the Dragons 2-0, 3-1 in the regular season.
The Dragons made a clean sweep that day at the same location where the No. 3 Brunswick girls beat previously undefeated and No. 1 Bangor 2-1 in overtime to win the regional title at the same location.
Brunswick then lost to Windham 3-1 in the national final.
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