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Camden kicks its way to Region 6-AAA soccer crown

Posted: April 26, 2012 3:20 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Last Tuesday night in Hartsville, the Camden High boys’ soccer team survived a physical game against the host Red Foxes and came home with a hard-earned 2-1 Region 6-AAA victory.
During region play, the Bulldogs allowed just five goals. Camden would be the conference champion if it held Marlboro County to no more than one goal two nights later.
Anxiety filled Zemp Stadium as the game was scoreless for the first 10 minutes of play. Then, Camden’s Junior Herrera made a straight shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Moises Mota made it a 2-0 game when Marlboro County’s goalkeeper bobbled the ball and it fell over the line. 
Clark Joseph tried several shots on goal, but they were either deflected by the goalie or the goal post.  With 20 seconds left in the first half, a strong throw-in by Hunter Rankin allowed Bryan Nalasco to score Camden’s third goal of the night for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldog defense came up big in keeping Marlboro County at bay. Early in the second half, however, an MC corner kick curved into the top of Camden’s goal to cut the CHS lead to 3-1. 
Feeling pressure to control the ball, Camden seniors Sam Semple and Rob Dudley each fired rockets into the back of the MC net to make it a 5-1 game.  The visiting netminder could not handle a kick by Rankin before Herrera scored the Bulldogs’ seventh goal of the night to increase the lead to 7-1.
As a Marlboro striker raced toward the CHS goal, Ethan Smith came up big with a slide tackle which squashed the effort. Another MC advance was thwarted as Joseph Sheheen shielded and took control of the ball to preserve the 7-1 victory.
The win gave the Bulldogs a 10-2 overall mark and a final 7-1 record in Region 6-AAA play. Following a Thursday game at Lugoff-Elgin, the Bulldogs will host the Camden Military Academy in a 6:30 p.m. match on Tuesday, May 1.
Camden opens state tournament play when it hosts the fourth-place finisher from Region 5 in a first round pairing at Zemp Stadium on Tuesday, May 8.

 

 

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