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Bulldogs rebound with 8-0 win over LR

Posted: April 23, 2013 1:45 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Jerry Jones and Cooper Ball scored two goals each as Camden breezed to an 8-0 win over visiting Lower Richland in last Thursday’s Region 4-AAA soccer match.
The victory gave Mark Chickering’s troops a 4-10 overall record and a 3-4 mark in conference play.
The match came on the heels of a 1-0 loss to A.C. Flora on Tuesday. CHS had an 0-3 showing in the previous week’s Airport Select Tournament in which the Bulldogs fell of a pair of ranked opponents in St. James, 4-0, and Hammond, 5-1.
Camden was able to put those setbacks in its rear-view mirror in jumping on the Diamond Hornets for five goals in the first 30 minutes of the match.
“We took control early and never looked back,” Chickering said of his team’s quick start. “Lower Richland played hard but we were just better.
“We got to play a lot of guys in this match and they played well. We’ve had a tough season and it was nice to have a good win after coming off a seven-game losing skid.”
Ball kick-started the Bulldogs’ attack in the eighth minute as he took a Clark Joseph pass and placed in into the top left corner for what turned out to be the winning goal. Jones scored his two goals in the 15th and 23rd minutes, respectively. The first came on a penalty kick after he was pulled down inside the box. The second was a blast to the top right corner off a Carlos Williams feed.
The Dogs took a 5-0 advantage by scoring twice in two minutes. Ball made it 4-0 when he settled a deflection off an LR defender off a Jones shot and deposited it home from some 25 yards out. A minute later, Moises Mata scored on a pass from Hunter Rankin as the hosts carried a 5-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Riley Kohn scored his first goal of the season on a free kick from about 45 yards out, though traffic in front of the net, in the 57th minute Rankin made it 7-0, eight minutes later, as he took a centering pass from Mata. Rankin moved in front of the net and gently tapped it past the keeper. Nick Jenkins closed the scoring with two minutes left in the contest when he scored his first career goal of a pass from Bryan Nolasco from about 30 yards out.
Camden had 22 shots on the night with 18 of those on goal. LR had six with CHS netminder Richard White being called on to make just one save.
“Richard White was able to have an easy night because the defense really shut them down,” Chickering said. “Our offense did a good job of keeping the ball out of our end and possessing the ball. They can't score if they don't have the ball.”
Defensively, the Dogs switched several starters to different positions on Thursday and the moves paid off.
 “We’re playing the same guys, but, we just moved them around a little bit and they are playing better,” Chickering said. “We moved Joseph Sheheen to sweeper and Riley Kohn to stopper and that’s helped us offensively and defensively. Riley worked well with Clark Joseph and they have really helped spark some offense for us. Joseph Sheheen has played very well; he plays the sweeper position like it’s supposed to be played and stopped a lot of the through balls that were killing us early in the season.”
After traveling to Lugoff-Elgin on Thursday, CHS heads to Westwood on Friday. Should the Dogs come home from Friday night’s match with a win, it will send them into the post-season as the fourth place team from Region 4-AAA.

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