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Predham, Windjammers leave Black Raiders wondering how

September 19, 2010

Camden Hills sophomore Sam Predham scored the game winner at 1:01 in the second half to lift Camden Hills over Winslow 2-1 in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference play Saturday.

Predham hit a direct kick just outside of the box so hard that as it sailed past a Winslow defender it was in the goal and hitting the back of the net before the Winslow keeper Mackenzie Michaud could even move to try and block it.

Camden Hills Yani Stancioff, left, and Winslow's Dalton Thompson battle for control of the ball during Saturday's intense game at Don Palmer Field in Rockport. Camden Hills won 2-1. Photo by Ron Hawkes

Scoring for Camden Hills were Predham and Andrew Flanagan. Predham also had an assist on Flanagan’s goal.

Taylor Ray scored for Winslow at 5:41 in the second half to tie the score at 1-1.

Ian Cushing had three saves on four shots for the Camden Hills win. Michaud had seven saves on 15 shots in the loss. Camden Hills held the edge in corner kicks 5-0.

Camden Hills Sam Predham had an outstanding game with the winning goal and an assist. Photo by Ron Hawkes

This was an intense physical game less then 24 hours after the Windjammers had played a similar game at Maranacook the night before where they went to double overtime to tie 0-0. Winslow brought their A game to Don Palmer Field Saturday looking to be the first to knock off the unbeaten Windjammers.

“We had two of our toughest games of the season less than 24 hours apart and the boys dug really deep and came away relatively unscathed,” said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “We had a solid team effort on Saturday, we started quickly, scoring in the first few minutes when Sam Predham sent a nice ball across the box to a waiting Andrew Flanagan who buried our first good opportunity in the back of the net. After that Winslow played very good defense for the next 75 minutes – we had a breakdown in the last five minutes and Winslow capitalized. I thought we responded really well though and Sam sniped a deadball to seal the win for us in the final minute. Hopefully we can get rested and healthy for a tough Lincoln academy team at home this Tuesday.”

Flanagan scored on a shot from left to right off a pass from Predham at 37:50 in the first half to give the Windjammers a 1-0 lead. Ray scored at 5:41 in the second half for Winslow to tie the game.

Camden Hills Vinny Kwiatkowski, right, and Winslow's Camden Akins battle for ball control during Saturday's game in Rockport. Photo by Ron Hawkes

With 1:01 left in the game and everyone thinking this was going to overtime, Predham launched a bullet on a free kick just outside the box for what would become the game winner.

Camden Hills goes to 5-0-1 and lands in third place in the latest Heal Point standings. Winslow falls to 5-1 and is in second place in the standings.

Winslow's Gabe Smith went airborne to settle this long pass from a teammate during Saturday's game in Rockport. Photo by Ron Hawkes

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