Despite peppering the Dreher goal, the Camden boys’ soccer team could not find the back of the Blue Devil nets with any of their shots as the visiting Blue Devils downed Camden, 4-0, last Friday night at Zemp Stadium.
The Bulldogs were stonewalled by the DHS netminder who was called on to make 11 saves.
The loss dropped CHS to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Region 4-AAA.
"It was a very frustrating night," said Bulldog head coach Mark Chickering of the loss. "We gave up an early goal which really hurt.
"It’s the same ol’ song; we gave up an early goal and were forced to try and play catch up. We seem to do that in all our big region games.
Dreher scored in the opening minute of play when CHS when keeper Richard White came out to try and grab a through ball but could not get it. The Blue Devil attacker tapped it away and crossed it to a teammate who sent the shot home for the quick 1-0 lead.
The guests tacked on goals in the 28th and 30th minutes of play to carry a 3-0 lead in to the locker room at halftime. The third goal came on a deflection of a shot off a Camden defender.
The Dogs seemed to have broken through in the 32nd minute only the have the referee rule that Camden’s Roberto Pena had kicked the ball out of the hands of the DHS goaltender.
"I thought we rebounded well and really pressured them a lot," Chickering said of his team’s play after a bumpy start.
"We had a lot of chances to score but just could not convert. As frustrating as it was, our guys never quit it was a great effort. Give credit to Dreher, they took our best shot and walked away with a win."
The Blue Devils capped the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute when a Camden defender missed the mark while trying to head a ball out of his own zone. A DHS attacker then sent a full volley into the net.
In between Dreher’s third and fourth goals, the Dogs had their scoring chances but could not finish the deal.
"We had several real good opportunities to score," Chickering said. "In the 48th minute, we had a throw-in deep in Dreher territory. The ball was headed in and the keeper blocked it, then, Nelson Semple recovered it and fired a shot that was blocked, then Roberto Pena recovered it and fired a shot that the keeper wrapped up.
"Nelson also got behind the defense a couple of times but could not convert."