Camdenton sends Helias home with a 2-0 defeat

One night after a disappointing 1-0 home loss to the West Plains Zizzers, the Camdenton boys’ soccer team was right back on the pitch looking to get the sour taste out of their first defeat in 2014 out of their mouths.

Behind a stellar performance in goal and a couple of well-placed balls by the offense, the Lakers sent the Helias Catholic Crusaders back to Jefferson City with a 2-0 defeat.

Possession was nearly even through most of the first half, with Camdenton starting to show an edge late before the break, but the Lakers were still unable to get a good shot off.

“We were kind of hoping that half time never came because we felt like toward the end of the first half we were playing pretty decent,” Camdenton head coach Jason Ingold said.

The break came and both teams made their adjustments, with Camdenton’s proving to be superior.

Nearly four minutes into the second half, sophomore Justin Gerdiman broke away from the Helias defense and sent a ball into the far corner of the Crusader net to break the tie and give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.

“We were trying to get into the space between their two center backs. They were playing more up and back instead of side by side. That’s what created the first goal. Justin is the guy we want with the ball on his foot. He’s leading the team in scoring, it’s early on, but he is and he is doing a good job for us,” Ingold explained.

Senior goalie Tanner Moesch would make several key saves to protect that 1-0 lead, and with his play in front of the net, that one goal would have been all Camdenton needed. Soccer matches are lost at times when a team rests on its laurels, however, and the Lakers pressed like they were behind, not leading.

Moesch’s classmate Alex Amerine culminated that pressure just past the 59 minute mark, as he bounced a header past the Crusader keeper to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.

“We have big kids so when we get a corner kick, we just throw them all up there and see what happens,” Ingold commented.

Moesch made more key saves to preserve the victory and prevent his team from going on a losing streak.

Camdenton is now 2-1 on the season and will play a road match for the first time this season on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Kickapoo.