The weather, which included drizzle and gloomy skies, seemed the dominant factor as the Belfast boys soccer squad hosted multi-talented, No. 1 Camden Hills Monday afternoon. The teams played through a constant screen of rain for 80 minutes and, by the end, the ‘Jammers had navigated through the storm en route to a 3-0 victory.

The Lions became another victim of the high-octane, offensive-minded Windjammers, who have outscored foes 47-1 in nine games and have eight shutouts.

“I’m happy, I’m pretty happy,” said first-year Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “We came out and we did what we needed to do. The conditions were kind of hard, [but Belfast] played great, they played really good. To walk away with a win in hostile territory is always a good thing.”

Sam Predham and Yani Stancioff scored goals for Camden Hills, while the third score was a self-goal by Belfast.

Belfast coach Carl Violette said the Lions “played very hard,” but lacked the needed player depth.

“Camden Hills had the depth and the desire. Our guys had a lot of desire and they came out in the first half, proving that,” Violette said. “I think our guys did as well as they could at this time.”

Camden Hills (8-0-1, 50.4464 points) is first in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Belfast (5-3, 18.7500 points) is seventh. Presque Isle (7-1-1, 43.5714 points) is second to the Windjammers — 6.875 points behind — in the 18-team region.

On Monday, Camden Hills held a 24-10 lead in shots and 7-0 edge in corner kicks. ‘Jammer goalie Ian Cushing made seven saves, while Lion keeper Eric Gaulin played a strong game with 17 saves.

“He did a great job,” said Violette about Gaulin. “The balls that happened to get by were defensive breakdowns and shouldn’t have occurred and the ball was wet, slippery. Anything could have happened with that and he did make some great saves, but there is only so much a keeper can do.”

Hurley said his “Jammers finished their [scoring] opportunities, played hard, and played smart. He also said they kept it simple, something that was vital with the wet conditions.

“When it’s wet you have got to keep it simple, otherwise people slip and fall all over the place,” he said.

Camden Hills’ first goal came on a defensive mistake by the Lions. With 1:33 remaining in the first half, the ball was flirting with the goal line when a Lion defender mistakenly  pushed it in.

From that point the Lions seemed to trail a bit more as Windjammer Stancioff netted his team’s second goal 15:29 into the second half. Camden Hills finished its scoring with 19:40 remaining as Predham tallied the final goal on an assist from Andy Stevick.

Violette said he hopes his team will learn from the loss to a talented foe and take the lesson to the future. The Lion coach wants the players to be tougher and not relax at any point during games. He said he would like to see that kind of tenacity in the players on the field and the bench.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.