How good a night was it for the Camden High boys’ soccer team?
In Tuesday’s 12-0 rout of visiting Lower Richland, Bulldog goalkeeper Richard White was credited with his fifth shutout of the season. Things we so well in hand for the hosts that White was allowed to join in the scoring fun, as well, sending home a pair of goals in the lopsided win.
"Obviously, it was a great night offensively," said CHS head coach Mark Chickering whose squad improved to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in Region 4-AAA action. "We’ve been struggling to finish our scoring opportunities lately; we didn’t have that problem in this match."
The Bulldogs scored eight times in the first half, starting in the first minute of the match when Todd Kahler headed home a Moises Mata crossing pass for the night’s first goal. The hosts scored a pair of goals in the sixth minute with the first of those coming off the foot of Roberto Pena, who took a crossing feed from Nelson Semple. Seconds later, Mata received a pass from Pena and broke through the middle of the field en route to the goal and a 3-0 lead.
Pena did the work himself by dribbling through the LR defense for a goal in the 12th minute before Carlos Williams got into the scoring act some two minutes later when he collected a rebound from a Semple header and sent the ball into the back of the Diamond Hornet nets.
CHS would tack on a trio of goals in the closing four minutes of the opening half as Emanuel Lopez scored off a deflection which bounced off the hands of the LR keeper in the 36th minute. In the same minute of play, Hunter Webb weaved his way through four defenders and scored after the kick following Lopez’s goal.
Nick Ranges rounded out the scoring by dribbling through defenders and having his shot cross the goal line a few seconds before the buzzer sounded for intermission.
Things did not get any better for the guests in the second half with Camden’s first goal after the break coming in the 54th minute when Edgar Gonzalez blasted one past the keeper from just inside the box.
White then got to stretch his legs and play in the field and he made the best of his team from outside the goal mouth by scoring on a breakaway after accepting a pass from Amauri Meza in the 64th minute. Jack Crayne made it 11-0 by striking from the back side in the 71st minutes before White picked up his second score when he took a feed from Ranges and deposited into the nets with four minutes left.
Chickering said it was nice to jump to a large early lead and for his entire team to enjoy this victory before meeting Dreher on Thursday night.
"We always preach to our guys to start strong and we finally did that," he said. "It allowed us to have an easy night. We got to play a lot of people and they played well.
"We’ve built some momentum heading into Thursday night’s matchup at Dreher. From here on out, every game is a playoff game, we need to win as many as we can to qualify for the post-season."