Scoring three times before intermission, A.C. Flora snapped Camden’s two-match win streak with a 7-1 victory over the hosts in the Region 4-AAA boys’ soccer opener for both sides in a Friday contest played at Zemp Stadium.
"It was a tough night," said CHS head coach Mark Chickering after his troops fell to 2-3 on the season. "We gave up a few bad goals early and were trying to play catch up. It’s hard when you give up goals early, it changes everything."
The Falcons scored in the ninth minute of play when a throw-in from deep in the Camden end of the field was headed in by a Flora attacker for the first score of the game. The guests tacked on a second goal in the 24th minute with a combination pass which allowed for a one-on-one situation and a 2-0 lead.
Four minutes later, the guests used a penalty kick to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
One minute into the second half, Camden dented the scoreboard when senior Nelson Semple took a pass from Roberto Pena, broke through the ACF defense and found himself one-on-one with the Falcon goalkeeper and sent home his second goal of the season to make it a 3-1 game.
The Falcons closed the evening with four unanswered goals in the span of five minutes with the final one coming in the 50th minute.
"Even though we were down at half," Chickering said, "we came out and scored early in the second. I was hoping we’d be able to build off of that and get back into it. But Carlos Williams got red-carded for preventing a goal scoring opportunity.
"Carlos was standing in the goal when a ball got past Richard and it was going straight for his head. He just reacted by raising his arm to protect his face and the ball deflected off his elbow. Not much you can do about that.
"From then on, we had to play a man down and they scored four goals in five minutes and it was over after that."