Camden Hills boys soccer edged by Mt. Ararat

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 12:15pm

TOPSHAM — The Mt. Ararat Eagles celebrated their senior night in style Tuesday, Oct. 4 and snuck by the Camden Hills varsity boys soccer team in Topsham by a score of 2-1.

The Eagles scored five minutes into the game when Ben Therriault hit a strike from 20 yards that 'Jammer keeper Brian Leonard made an impressive dive for, but the ball hit the post and then — for the unlucky Windjammers — hit Leonard in the back and careened into the net.

The score remained 1-0 for much of the first half before the 'Jammers earned one of their 10 corner kicks in the game and made it count. Max Welt served up a corner and senior captain Lucas Moody finished it off to tie the score at 1.

Shortly before halftime, a Mt. Ararat player received a red card, meaning the Eagles would play the remainder of the game down a player. The Windjammers pressed hard in the second half, owning a territorial advantage and most of the possession of the ball but none of their 19 total shots would find the back of the net.

With 10 minutes to go in the game, Mt. Ararat made the best of a corner kick when Nick Picard slammed home a ball in the penalty box. The 'Jammers pressed hard for a goal over the final 10 minutes but came up empty.

Camden Hills held an edge 19-4 in shots and 10-4 on corner kicks.

Brian Leonard made five saves for Camden Hills while Jacob Fullerton made 12 saves for Mt. Ararat.

We were a little unlucky tonight and also lost concentration for just a moment and that was the difference in the game. We actually played exceptionally well but for the second game in a row didn't get the result we felt we deserved. This is a really great team and with the toughest schedule in the conference, if not the state even, we believe we will be ready to use these games to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Ryan Hurley is the head coach of the Camden Hills boys soccer program.