LEWISTON — The Camden Hills varsity boys soccer team opened the 2022 season in style Saturday, Sept. 3 with two goals in the first minute of the game to down the Lewiston Blue Devils 2-1.
Cam Brown scored seven seconds into the contest after picking off a pass from the Lewiston defense and playing a nice one-two pass with Charlie Pons, who recorded the assist, before drilling a ball into the back left corner of the net.
After a brief Lewiston foray into the Camden Hills half of the field on the ensuing kick-off, Avery Hackett stepped hard to a ball and played a through ball to Brown who snuck between two Lewiston defenders and slammed a volley by the onrushing Lewiston goaltender.
A mere 70 seconds into the game the 'Jammers were overjoyed and the Blue Devils were stunned. Play was fairly even for the remainder of the contest with Lewiston's Mohamed Gabow getting a goal back on a goal mouth scramble eight minutes into the second half.
The Windjammers played stout team defense the remainder of the game to earn some huge heal points to start the 2022 season.
Camden Hills had 12 shots and Lewiston had 15. Both teams attempted 6 corner kicks. Freshman 'Jammer Brian Leonard completed his first varsity game with 10 saves while counterpart Payson Goyette finished with 8 saves.
We put in a great performance today and came away with a huge victory. The boys played very mentally tough and stayed together in attack and in defense. We didn't 100 percent play the way we hope to be playing at the end of the season in possession, but anytime you get a win against the Blue Devils you have to enjoy it.
Lewiston should win most of their games and that should really help us in the heal point calculations. I'm really happy for the boys that all their hard work in preseason showed today. Another big week coming up with a pair of home contests on the docket with Mt. Blue on Tuesday and Bangor on Friday.
Ryan Hurley is the head coach of the Camden Hills boys soccer team.