For the second straight season, the Camden Hills boys soccer team will play for the Eastern Class B championship, but this fall with two important differences.

This year the Windjammers are ranked first and will host that all-important game, with the winner advancing to the state Class B championship contest.

The Windjammers earned the right to host the next game with Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 win over Mount View of Thorndike in a hard-fought, closely-contested regional semifinal game.

Camden Hills (16-0) will host No. 3 Presque Isle (14-1-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the regional championship game. Presque Isle edged No. 2 Ellsworth (15-1) 1-0 in the other semifinal playoff game Saturday.

Ellsworth, which had not lost a game (other than the state final) the past two years, was the defending regional champion and the foe that downed Camden Hills in last year’s regional final. In that scenario, both teams were unbeaten and Ellsworth ranked first and Camden Hills second.

But this year will be different because Camden Hills will play the regional championship game on its home turf against a different foe.

Camden Hills does not play Presque Isle or Ellsworth during the regular season, but is quite familiar with Mount View, a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B foe that always seems to play the Windjammers tough.

Mount View finished at 13-4.

The Windjammers, who have dominated most foes this season, had quite a tussle with the pesky, talented Mustangs in Saturday’s semifinal game. For 80 minutes, Mount View ultimately made it difficult for the deep, talented Windjammers to put their visitors away.

Camden Hills held an edge in shots and slight advantage in corner kicks. Andrew Flanagan played a key role for the Windjammers, with a goal and an assist. Sam Predham also scored, while Peter Vannorsdall added an assist.

After a closely-contested first half, Flanagan scored off a corner kick with 17:08 to play in the second half, assisted by Vannorsdal  Predham put the game out of reach with 1:51 to play when he converted a through pass from Flanagan.

Ian Cushing made two saves in goal for Camden Hills to earn the shutout victory, while Chris Montminy had nine saves in net for the Mustangs.

“I was extremely happy with the way we played today,” said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “We kept our composure the entire game and possessed the ball well. We played hard and had some of our more inexperienced players really step up today. We’re looking forward to the Eastern Maine final — it’s going to be a great soccer game.”

Despite Saturday’s semifinal playoff loss, Mount View coach Chris Hink was pleased with his team’s performance and overall season.

“We gave the best team in the state a run for their money for 60 minutes,” he said. “We played with a lot a heart and entered the game believing we could pull off an historical upset. Once the game started we went toe-to-toe with Camden [Hills].”

Hink said, “We knew whoever scored first would win this game. Camden [Hills] is a very talented team and we were excited for the opportunity to take them down.”

But even though that did not happen, Hink still was “proud of my boys and I would go to battle with them any day. The maturity and growth these boys showed throughout the season enabled them to compete at the highest level I have experienced as high school coach. I will always thank them for that.”

Earlier in the playoffs, Camden Hills beat No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor 4-0. Mount View bested No. 4 Winslow 3-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 12 Caribou 4-0 in the prelims.

Camden Hills, which was supposed to play in the KVAC Class B championship game Oct. 20 in Augusta before that was canceled due to unplayable fields, with the Windjammers being awarded the title, also bested Mount View 3-0 in a regular-season game.

On Saturday, the Windjammers continued their remarkable season. In 16 games, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 68-2 and recorded 15 shutouts. Additionally, Camden Hills’ impressive regular-season unbeaten streak, which it will bring into 2012, now stands at 31 games covering parts of three seasons.

Mount View also proved solid at both ends of the field this season, outscoring opponents 51-14, with 11 shutouts, and was shut out just twice in 17 games — that being 3-0 and 2-0 to Camden Hills.

Presque Isle has outscored foes 56-11, with eight shutouts in 16 games this season. Earlier in the playoffs, the Wildcats beat No. 6 Hermon 1-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Ellsworth 1-0 in the semifinals. During the regular season, Presque Isle tied John Bapst 1-1 and lost to Ellsworth 4-1.

The teams remaining in the Western Class B playoffs are No. 1 York (13-1-2) and No. 2 Falmouth (11-3-2). Those two squads will battle for the regional title and a chance to meet Camden Hills or Presque Isle in the state final, slated for Saturday, Nov. 5 on the artificial surface at Hampden Academy.

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