Chapin scored twice in each half while visiting Camden had a goal overturned and missed scoring another by inches in the first half. The result was a 4-1 Eagle victory in a Region 4-AAA boys’ soccer match played Friday night in Chapin.
The loss dropped Camden to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in 4-AAA competition.
"It was another frustrating loss. We had some real good scoring chances," said Bulldog head coach Mark Chickering.
The visitors looked to have scored the first goal in the 20th minute when Mackey Cantey’s header into the net was whistled off as it was deemed that Camden had interfered with the Eagles’ goalkeeper.
Shortly after that, the Dogs had another scoring opportunity go by the boards when a shot from Edgar Gonzalez smacked off the crossbar after Gonzalez had beaten the keeper.
"Another inch or two and that’s in," Chickering said. "If we get those goals, who knows what happens."
After those two missed chances, Chapin broke the shutout with a goal in the 23rd minute as on a rush through the middle of the field, an Eagle attacked bumped a Camden player off the ball and fired a shot which was deflected by Camden netminder Richard White. A Chapin attacker then pushed a Bulldog defender to the ground and sent home the night’s first goal.
Chapin made it 2-0 with a goal seven minutes later and held a 2-0 lead at intermission.
The hosts scored off a throw-in from deep in the Camden zone,in the 42nd minute of play. The Eagles tacked on their fourth goal in the 67th minute of the match.
Camden averted the shutout when, in the 68th minute of play, Roberto Pena sent a rocket past the Eagle keeper from about 35 yards out after taking a pass at midfield and controlling the ball to get to his shot.
The Bulldogs played minus the services of leading scorer Moises Mata (hamstring), Jack Crayne (concussion), Abdy Messinides (leg injury) as well as reserve Jorge Navarro (knee injury). Then, Hunter Webb sustained a concussion in the match when the ball smacked him in the face.
"Once again," Chickering said, "our guys played hard. We are really banged up now. This week of spring break could not come fast enough.
"We are playing a lot of young guys right now and they have responded well. I think we are learning how to play as a team. I can see them getting better every time we play. I think we have a chance to be a pretty dangerous team if we can keep improving."