Last year was the season of "firsts" for the Camdenton High School boys' soccer team, so coach Jason Ingold was happy Wednesday night that this year's Lakers accomplished something no other group ever has. Camdenton turned away a late rally to beat Jefferson City Helias 2-1, the Lakers' first victory in program history over the private Catholic school.
Last year was the season of "firsts" for the Camdenton High School boys' soccer team, so coach Jason Ingold was happy Wednesday night that this year's Lakers accomplished something no other group ever has.
Camdenton turned away a late rally to beat Jefferson City Helias 2-1, the Lakers' first victory in program history over the private Catholic school.
"It's something we talked about heading into the game," Ingold said. "There were so many firsts for last year's team that it's nice that this team can accomplish something no one else has done."
Camdenton senior Sal La Ferla set up sophomore Kyler Moore for a goal nine minutes into the second half for the first score of the game and Robbie Hoffman's penalty kick goal 10 minutes later made it 2-0.
Following a first half that saw the Lakers record just one shot on goal, Ingold moved Hoffman up the field from his midfielder spot.
Ingold said it sparked a Camdenton offense that was relying solely on its forwards in the first half.
"We pushed (Hoffman) up to one of their guys, which pushed two of our guys up and one of those two got pushed up more into the offense," Ingold said. "We felt in the first half that our forwards were doing all the work by themselves and nobody was helping them. So in the second half we were able to get that third guy up there on a different level and be able to support them."
With the extra help on offense, Camdenton had a chance for more scoring opportunities.
"It opened up the offense really good, especially the outside," said Camdenton senior Rayder Bennett, playing in his second game after a ruptured spleen had sidelined him since mid-August. "Their defenders were having a hard time keeping up with what we were doing."
After the Lakers won a ball near midfield, La Ferla received a pass and soon found himself on a breakaway against two Helias defenders.
He dribbled down field before finally sending a pass across the goal to Moore, who quickly knocked it home.
"I wasn't really sure where Kyler was, but I was just glad that he could make a good play on it," La Ferla said.
Camdenton's second goal came after Bennett was fouled in the box. Hoffman knocked home the penalty kick to put the Lakers up 2-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining.
On a corner kick, Helias' Chris Westerman headed-in a goal with five minutes remaining to get the Crusaders within a goal.
Camdenton (8-3) has won seven in a row and hosts the Laker Shootout Friday-Saturday.
Camdenton 2, Joplin 1
Camdenton won at Joplin 2-1 Tuesday night. Jeron Sinclair and Connor Smith scored first-half goals for Camdenton. The JV lost 2-0. Bennett saw his first action of the season in the victory.