ROCKPORT, Maine — Junior striker Colin Morse of Camden Hills Regional High School was in the right place at the right time Wednesday afternoon.
It resulted in a pair of goals as the second-seeded Windjammers ousted No. 7 Hermon 4-0 in their Eastern Maine Class B schoolboy soccer quarterfinal at Don Palmer Field.
Grayson Szumilas also scored two goals and added an assist, while Alex Blackwell provided three assists as Camden Hills improved to 12-1-2. The jammers will host third seed Winslow (11-1-3) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.
Hermon concluded a 6-6-4 season.
Szumilas and Blackwell also are junior strikers.
Morse scored the only goal of the first half 9:29 into the game.
Hermon goalkeeper Brendon Dyer raced off his line to clear an errant through-ball, but put his clearance into the middle of the field. Szumilas collected it and took a long shot to try to catch the scrambling Dyer out of position.
“I shot it with my left foot and I’m right-footed,” said Szumilas, whose shot wound up being trapped by Morse, who wheeled around and tucked it past Dyer.
“I was kind of amazed I trapped it,” said Morse. “I just tapped it by the goalie into the wide-open net. It was an easy finish.”
Morse scored an all-important insurance goal with his shoulder 11:12 into the second half.
Blackwell gained custody of the ball at the top of the penalty area, took a couple of touches to his right and launched a shot that hit Morse’s shoulder and caught the helpless Dyer wrong-footed. The ball deflected back across the goal and into the corner.
“That was really Alex’s goal. It hit my shoulder and that faked the goalie out,” said Morse.
Szumilas extended the lead 2:45 later when he outjumped a Hermon defender to head a neat little chip from Blackwell past Dyer from nine yards out.
He put his header back against the grain and Dyer had no chance.
“I look for open spaces and I’m usually open over there,” said Szumilas. “The coaches have told me it’s best to head it back to where it came from because the goalie is moving over. He would have to turn back the other way and he can’t get it.”
“I saw him so I chipped it over their defender,” said Blackwell.
Szumilas capped the scoring when Blackwell’s low cross landed on his foot at the far post and he roofed it into the exposed net.
“Grayson and I speak telepathically, I’d say,” said Blackwell.
Marshall Spear made three saves on 12 shots but was never severely tested as the back line of Tristan Fong, Marshal Crockett, Jack Gallagher and Jake Davee protected him with impressive efficiency. He was shaken up a bit late in the game and Adam Throne finished up and didn’t face a shot.
Jacob Applebee’s long throw-ins generated Hermon’s best scoring opportunities but the aggressive Spear caught some of them and punched out a few more.
“The kids really rose to the occasion,” said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “They played real well. I’m proud of them.”
“This was one of our better games of the season,” said Morse.
“We’ve really worked a lot on our finishing and it showed today,” said Szumilas.
Dyer wound up with seven saves on 21 shots.
Hermon coach Scott Deabay said his team “didn’t play well today. We didn’t go to the ball well. We were chasing it.”
Hermon senior midfielder and tri-captain Nick Carle agreed.
“They’re a pretty strong team, but we can play a lot better than that,” said Carle.