Outscoring their four opponents by a combined 17-1 total, the Camden junior varsity girls soccer team won the Lugoff-Elgin preseason tournament by knocking off the hostesses, 2-0, in Monday’s championship match.
The four victories were an impressive start for the team as well as for first-year Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Clark Joseph.
Camden’s run started last Friday with a 5-0 win over Ben Lippen in which Joyce Edwards and Mary Ashton Blanks scored two goals each with Deanna Jeffcoat adding one. The shutout was the first of three posted by CHS netminder Elizabeth West.
CHS won twice on Saturday as Blanks scored four goals with Shakiya Salmond and Greer Younghans adding one each in a 6-0 win over Buford. That was followed by a 4-1 victory over Lugoff-Elgin in a contest in which Blanks and Edwards divided the goal scoring.
After having Sunday off, Camden met L-E in Monday’s title match with Jeffcoat finding the back of the nets twice while West registered her third blank sheet of the tournament.
The championship made for an impressive coaching start for Joseph, who showered his girls with praise.
“The team did a great job overall as the whole team contributed to our winning the tourney. They played hard and never gave up on opportunities,” he said. “It was hard to play four games in three days.
“The defense played great the whole tournament and does not always get the recognition they deserve as they are not scoring the goals. Those girls were Emily Tamayo, Lizzie Long, Charlsey Chandler, Olivia Miller and Julia Haunert.”
Camden will try and keep its winning ways going when the jayvee Lady Bulldogs host A.C. Flora in a 5:30 p.m. start at the Bulldog Sports Complex.
The Camden varsity team opens regular season play next Wednesday hosting Lugoff-Elgin a 7 p.m. match.