Carrying a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime of Tuesday’s Region 4-AAA soccer match with Lower Richland, Camden boys’ head coach Mark Chickering was not all too impressed with his team’s lack of scoring.
After all, he said, the Bulldogs were controlling virtually every aspect of the game save for the scoreboard.
All that changed in the final 40 minutes as the hosts scored seven goals in an 8-0 rout over the Diamond Hornets in a match played at Zemp Stadium.
"We were not real pleased with our effort in the first half and let the guys know about it at halftime," Chickering said. "We were controlling the game and possessing the ball but we just could not score."
The lone goal of the first half was supplied by CHS freshman Hunter Webb, who scored on a rebound from a Moises Mata shot in the 18th minute of play.
Once play resumed after intermission, Mata started to take matters into his own, in this instance, feet.
The senior intercepted an LR pass in the 45th minute, dribbled down the field and was 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and fired home the shot for a 2-0 lead. A minute later, Mata scored on a corner kick from Edgar Gonzalez.
Gonzalez made it 4-0 in the 50th minute when he corralled a rebound from a Mata shot which smacked off the crossbar and deposited the loose ball home for the goal. Mata was back at it in the 57th minute when he stole a pass inside the box and beat the LR keeper for a 5-0 Bulldog lead.
Senior Nelson Semple got into the scoring act when he stepped in front of a Diamond Hornet pass and scored in the 59th minute. Preston Kohn added the next two goals with the first, coming in the 62nd minute, coming off a Semple corner kick before scoring again, six minutes later, when his shot deflected off a defender and into the nets.
With four minutes left in the match, Jack Crayne scored his first goal of the season off a corner kick from Semple.
"We shook off a slow start and played well in the second half," Chickering said while adding that the LR netminder was on top of his game in the first half of play.
"Their keeper was pretty good and made a lot of saves. But we made it kind of easy for him by shooting the ball high and from distance. In the second half, we told our guys to get closer and go low; they did and we started to score.
"It was not our best effort and we need to play much better if we are going to have a chance against Dreher on Friday night."