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Lady Bulldogs feast on home cooking at Zemp

A move back to Zemp Stadium suited the Camden girls’ soccer team just fine.

With the playing field at the Bulldog Athletic Complex rendered unplayable, the Lady Bulldogs returned to their old digs and had no adjustment problems in shutting out visiting  Andrew Jackson, 5-0, on Wednesday. that came after a 9-0 shutout over Fairfield Central on Tuesday in the Region 4-AAA opener for both sides.

In Wedneesday’s win over AJ, Chloe Grein opened the scoring with a shot that sailed in the upper corner of the goal. 

Camden head coach Pam Chickering said her team needed to get off to a quick start.

“It seemed to calm the girls down as they played the best soccer thus far this year,” she said. “They were playing together, working off each other, moving the ball all around the field setting themselves up to take the shot. By working the ball it created alot of opportunites for us, and were able to beat the defense and put goals in the net.”

Hailey Webb and Grein finished the scoring in the first half, adding a goal each, as the Lady Bulldogs carried a 3-0 lead into the locker room at the break.

“I told the girls we could not let down as it was real easy to do and not to be satisfied with a 3-0 win,” Chickering said of her halftime talk to her squad. “ AJ is a quality team, they are physical and have quality players, similar to us. It was our night and we continued to play hard the rest of the 40 minutes.”

Dayton Jeffcoat extended the lead to 4-0 by making a run at the back post and sliding it past the goalkeeper.  Webb finished the scoring with her second goal of the night making it 5-0. 

While the Camden offense was piling up goals, Mary Caston Morgan was compiling another clean sheet between the posts by shutting down any Lay Volunteer scoring chances.

“All the girls were able to play and contribute to the win and hold the shutout. I was very proud of the girls and how they played,” Chickering said following the victory which gave her team a 3-2 record.

 “I know they were feeling proud of how they played and to manage a shutout. Mary Caston was in goal and had a great save off a corner kick late in the game. She was able to jump up and snag it out of the air to hold the shutout.”

Tuesday, the hostesses jumped on FC early with Dayton Jeffcoat finding the back of the Lady Griffins’ net in the game’s opening minutes.

The Lady Dogs kept the pressure on the visitors by scoring six more goals before intermission. Annie Navrravo had two of those goals while Kyndale Potteiger, Hailey Webb, Misha Messinides and Kate Jones each had a goal in the first half. While the CHS offense was clicking, Mary Caston Morgan was shutting things down between the posts.

Camden’s roll continued in a three-goal second 40 minutes with Webb getting a hat trick with two second half goals while Haleigh Scott earned her first high school goal to close out the scoring. 

With the game not in doubt, Chloe Grein stepped into goal to complete the shutout while allowing Morgan the opportunity to play on the field.  

“ I was happy with the start of the game as we were moving the ball around and trying to create opportunities and not just go after scoring goals,” said Camden head coach Pam Chickering. “I told them to play smart and prepare for the next two games (with Andrew Jackson and Buford) coming up as they won’t be so easy.

“We were able to play everyone on the roster, and the reserves were able to play a lot of the game and get more experience.”

Edwards scores game-winner for CHS jayvees: The Camden girls’ junior varsity soccer team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 1-0 win over the Providence Athletic Club on Monday. Joyce Edwards, a seventh-grade forward, scored the lone goal of the match with some 10 minutes left as she gained control of the ball, ran past and through several PAC players before depositing the ball into the far left corner of the goal.

Elizabeth West turned in another clean sheet at goalkeeper for Camden which was coming off a 2-1 loss to Spring Valley, in a match decided by penalty kicks, last Friday. Edwards tallied the lone Lady Bulldog goal in that contest.

Wednesday, the Lady Bulldog jayvees used a pair of goals from Edwards in a 2-1 win over Andrew Jackson as they improved to 6-1 on the season.