ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity boys soccer team started strong against a tough league opponent and never looked back on its way to a hard-fought 4-1 victory Tuesday, Sept. 21 over visiting Mt. Ararat.
Roan Aldridge-Peacock got the scoring started after Charlie Pons put a nice ball into the area and Aldridge-Peacock smashed it home from 12 yards out.
Pons wasn't only in the giving mood, taking his own chance moments later with a blistering left foot from inside the eighteen-yard box that cleanly beat the keeper to the back post.
The Eagles would claw their way momentarily back into the game coming within a goal of Camden Hills when Ryan Sokoloski sniped a near-post finish that keeper Henry Pharris got his hands to but still found the inside of the net.
The 'Jammers responded in style though, driving down the field less than a minute later with Senior Captain Sam Brownawell finishing off a nifty passing sequence to put the game at 3-1 heading into the break.
The second half was a bit tighter game with the Eagles creating a few chances.
With five minutes to play in the game, Emmett Marshall drove the ball to the end line after relentlessly pursuing an Eagle defender and lasered a ball into the area where a waiting Aldridge-Peacock would finish off the cross for his second goal of the game.
The 'Jammer defense held strong for the remainder of the game and saw the game out en route to its third straight victory, 3-1.
Corner kicks were tied at five apiece and the Windjammers held a 15-5 edge in shots. Henry Pharris finished the game with four saves for the 'Jammers while Jason Fullerton ended the game with seven saves for the Eagles.
I was extremely proud of the way we played today. The boys put in a total team effort from back to front and executed our style of play very well.
Mt. Ararat is going to win a lot of games and that should boost our Heal Points quite a bit. We have a return leg with them in a couple of weeks which will surely be incredibly challenging, they are well-coached and I'm sure Coach Rioux will have them more than ready when we head to the new turf at Topsham on October 5.
This was a great start to a tough week. Next, we head to Edward Little (5-1 record) who will no doubt be up for what looks like another big game.
Ryan Hurley is the head coach of the Camden Hills boy soccer team.