With inclement weather in the forecast for Monday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B showdown at Don Palmer Field between host Camden Hills and visiting Belfast, few knew what to expect between the two clubs in their first meeting of the regular season.

However, with the score tied 1-1 and the mist continuing to spit in Rockport, the Windjammers certainly made it rain on offense in the second half.

The hosts scored twice in the first 4:03 of the second half and added two more insurance goals as the Windjammers (8-1) sailed to a convincing 5-1 win over the Lions (4-3).

Freshman Melanie Vangel netted three second-half goals Monday to lead Camden Hills, while Caroline Matteo and Mia Maddox accounted for the hosts’ other two scores. Lexi Doudera, Kristina Alex and Haley Williams all came through with assists for the Windjammers.

For Belfast, Ashley Littlefield scored for the visiting Lions.

Lindsay Bumbalo made two saves in net for the ‘Jammers, while Forrest Munson turned away 17 shots in goal for the Lions.

Camden Hills also outshot Belfast 22-3 and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The win thrust the Windjammers (8-1, 59.8214 points) into first place in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Caribou (8-0-1, 57.3342) is second — 2.4872 points behind — in the 18-team region.

Belfast (4-3, 14.1071 points) is 10th in the same region.

The Lions jumped to a 1-0 lead early after Littlefield bent in a corner kick that slipped through Bumbalo’s fingertips with eight minutes gone in the first half. Maddox later scored midway through the half to knot the score in a sluggish first half for both teams.

“The first half I thought we were a little tentative and a little flat,” said Camden Hills coach Meredith Messer. “We weren’t as aggressive getting to the ball as we could be, so at halftime we talked about [the fact that] we were doing the right things but we were doing it too slow. And so the second half was about [us] getting on our horse and going, making a commitment to the ball and making it happen.”

The ‘Jammers wasted little time “making it happen” as, with only two minutes gone in the second half, Doudera made a beautiful cross to Matteo, who headed it past Munson and into the far corner of the net to put the hosts up 2-1.

Just over two minutes later, Alex served the ball into the box on a corner kick that deflected off a Belfast defender — and to the foot of Vangel — who made a quick turn and fired a rocket into the net with 35:57 remaining.

Minutes later Vangel raced past Belfast’s Victoria Overlock on a breakaway and the two players collided with Lion goalie Munson, with the ball bounding toward the net.

Belfast’s Meggie Simmons and Overlock converged on the ball to bail out the Lion keeper, but Camden Hills’ Christine Forcillo put the ball back on net and it was then knocked in by Vangel past a diving Munson for the Windjammers’ fourth goal with 31:27 remaining.

Camden Hills added one more tally when Vangel converted on a pass from Williams that went over the top of the defense from midfield and ahead of the Belfast defense. Vangel one-touched the ball past Munson, who came out in pursuit, with 14:09 left to round out the scoring.

Belfast coach Chris Lavalle said he felt his team was “playing not to lose today rather than playing to win,” and he feels his girls are indeed good enough to play with some of the conference’s elite teams.

“When we play, we can play with anybody,” he said. “I mean, in the first half we were tied at 1-1 with the best team in the state. In the second half it got a little tough and we rolled over. What I learned is my girls need to get tougher. I don’t know how we’re going to get them there, but we’re working on it.”

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.