FARMINGTON — The Windjammers traveled to Mt. Blue Tuesday evening and came away with a 3-1 victory and some well-earned heal points to start the season.
After a first half that saw the visiting 'Jammers control play and pepper the net with 20 shots, Camden Hills had nothing to show for it as the score was tied 0-0 at the half.
The ‘Jammers pressed hard to open the second half and Max Welt dribbled the ball aggressively into the penalty area but was taken down by a Mt. Blue defender to earn a penalty kick. Senior Captain Ben Schenk stepped to the line and buried the ensuing penalty kick at 35:38 of the second half to break the deadlock.
Schenk would score a brace a mere three minutes later when Jackson Fitch slid a ball behind the backline and Schenk drilled it into the back corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead.
Mt. Blue would earn a goal of their own after a player seemingly interfered with the Camden Hills goalkeeper's punt and the ball rebounded into the net to give the Cougars a lifeline. The 'Jammers kept their composure and continued their relentless attack until Sam Brownawell found Avery Hackett in the box and Hackett scored a nice back post goal.
James Stinson made numerous saves for the Cougars and finished with 12 saves on the night. Quincy Messer started the game in net for the Windjammers before a collision forced him from the game. Henry Pharris came in off the bench and recorded two saves. Camden Hills led 34-2 in shots and 12-2 in corner opportunities.
Tonight was a great effort from everyone. It was nice to get some coveted heal points and overall I thought we played well. We stayed composed after missing lots of opportunities in the first half and were able to grind out a win.
This is the toughest schedule we’ve ever had and each game is huge, it was great to get a win away from home.
We have very little time to rest and savor the victory with only one day to prepare for another away matchup against Bangor, which is always a tough game.
Ryan Hurley is the head coach of the Camden Hills varsity boys soccer team.