2017-10-11 / Sports

Windjammers take showdown

Brunswick girls soccer suffers first loss, 5-3
BY BOB CONN
Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

As the Camden Hills girls soccer team pressured the Dragon defense during a key late season Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference high school contest, Brunswick athletic trainer Don Crane remarked about how “relentless” the Windjammers were.

The defending State Class A champions were just that, rolling into Brunswick on Tuesday and coming away with a 5-3 win in a battle of unbeatens.

Brunswick fell to 11-1, while the Windjammers improved to 11-0-1. The Dragons host Lewiston on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Camden Hills used a pair of quick two-goal spurts in each half to take control. A penalty-kick goal by Windjammers midfielder Kassie Krul gave the visitors a 1-0 lead just 5:09 into the game, and Ella Pierce blasted a shot past Brunswick keeper Beth Labbe (12 saves) nine minutes later.

The Dragons answered, receiving a goal from Isabella Banks off a pass from Lea Scrapchansky. However, a Kristina Kelly goal from Krul with 11:49 left in the opening frame staked the Windjammers to a 3-1 halftime lead.

“Their center-mid (Krul) and their three strikers know what to do,” said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison. “We had a problem those first 10-15 minutes, and when that PK went in we dropped our heads and ended up down 2-0 before we knew it. They are very good.”

“It was a very different game for us,” said Krul, who assisted on Kelly’s goal. “They are physical, and it was hard for us to stay true to how we play. We did a good job winning those balls and having possession. They did a good job too, but overall we had a really good game.”

Arthur assists

Maeve Arthur is the lone senior on the Brunswick roster. She has been through the tough battles over the years, including a 9-3 loss to Camden Hills last year, followed later by a 4-1 semifinal setback against the Windjammers.

Early in the second half, Arthur went to work. She gathered the ball in front of the Brunswick bench and sent a seeing-eye pass through to Scrapchansky, who finished to get the Dragons to 3-2 just 1:39 into the second frame.

“We played better in the second half, and it just seemed to take us some time to get into it,” said Arthur. “They were definitely a good match for us. If we could have started faster, we would have been OK.”

But, the Windjammers had an answer — actually two — with Eliza Roy finishing a Kelly pass 25 seconds after Scrapchansky’s goal to restore Camden’s lead to two goals.

Just 2:30 later, Kaylyn Krul saw her long shot strike the post to the right of Labbe, then off a Brunswick defender and into the cage for a 5-2 Camden Hills lead.

“We conceded some soft goals. Even if we get some touches on the edges of our box, we would have been OK,” Davison said.

From there, Brunswick hung right with Camden, with Windjammers goaltender Isabelle Lang forced to make a tough stop on a Banks shot with 22 minutes left.

The Dragons drew to within two goals with 6:01 remaining. Again Arthur sent a perfect pass ahead to Scrapchansky for a goal.

“There were a lot of positives. We competed with them, we just need to cut out those silly goals. Going forward I was very encouraged,” said Davison.

“For us, we are not used to these tough games. We had a tough game at Bangor (Saturday, a 4-0 Camden victory). This game was really exciting for us. We were able to play relentless and answer,” said Kassie Krul.

With Camden and Brunswick still the top two teams in the Class A North Heal Point Standings (the Windjammers are first, the Dragons second after Tuesday), there is a possibility that the teams will meet two more times — in the KVAC title game, and down the road in the regional final.

“We now know their style, and it’s nice to know what to expect. We will work on what we saw today,” Kassie Krul said.

“Now we know how to work on our defensive shape, and for us offensively to get past them,” said Arthur. “Me and Lea, and Anna Kousky work really well together. I think when we see them again we will do better.”

Camden Hills finished with a 25- 12 edge in shots, with Lang making four saves for the Windjammers. Camden also held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.

Camden Hills 5, Brunswick 3

At Brunswick

Camden 3 2 5
Brunswick — 1 2 3

Goals — (CH) Kassie Krul, Ella Pierce, Kristina Kelly, Eliza Roy, Kaylyn Krul; (B) Isabella Banks, Lea Scrapchansky 2. Assists —(CH) Kassie Krul, Kristina Kelly; (B) Lea Scrapchansky, Maeve Arthur 2. Shots — Camden Hills 25, Brunswick 12. Saves — (CH) Isabelle Lang 4; (B) Beth Labbe 12. Corner kicks — Camden Hills 6, Brunswick 0. Records — Camden Hills 11-0-1, Brunswick 11-1. Up next for the Dragons — Thursday at home vs. Lewiston, 6 p.m.

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