Tuesday night’s high school girls soccer game between Bangor and Camden Hills is the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Making it even more intriguing is the fact the two teams are 6-0 and are atop the Eastern Maine Class A Heal Points standings.
Camden Hills has made the jump from Class B to Class A this season while Bangor is a perennial power in Eastern A, having won four straight regional championships and a state crown before being upset by Mt. Ararat of Topsham in the regional semifinals last year.
Camden Hills is atop the standings, and Bangor is second. Camden Hills has outscored its opponents 47-4, and Bangor owns a 23-2 margin.
The teams scrimmaged during the preseason.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” said talented Windjammer junior midfielder Charlotte Messer. “Bangor is very direct and physical. They have a lot of skill.”
“Camden Hills is a very good team,” said Bangor coach Joe Johnson. “They have talented players everywhere. They’re a possession team, and they can strike quickly. It’s going to be a competitive game.”
Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer, Charlotte Messer’s mother, expects a fast-paced physical game.
“It’s going to be fun to watch,” she said.
Meredith Messer added that having two teams meet for the first time ever with both being undefeated is like something “out of a movie [script].”
Brewer coach David Hamel, whose team has played both recently, said, “It should be a good one.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a shootout. Both teams like to push forward. A big key will be how the the goalkeepers play. Neither has been truly tested this year,” said Hamel, referring to Windjammer Dutch exchange student Jana Spieker and Bangor veteran Emily Gilmore. “There is a difference in depth. Camden Hills has a very good first 11, but they only play a few players off the bench. Bangor funnels in fresh legs constantly.
“If Camden Hills can withstand Bangor’s constant pressure and keep their legs [fresh], they’ll have a better chance,” he added.
Emma Gutheinz, the Camden Hills’ all-time leading scorer, has 13 goals to lead the Windjammers, and Messer and Brynne Anderson have eight each. Bangor’s balanced attack has been led by Sarah Bragg, Luci Clein, Libby Spekhardt and midfielder Grace Morris.