Back for redemption
Maddie Kemp put a cap on the victory for the Camas girls soccer team with three goals Thursday, at Doc Harris Stadium.
Not only was it a hat trick for the Camas High School sophomore, she also tied the record for most goals in a season. Heather Roberts netted 24 goals for the Papermakers in 2001.
“It’s almost like it’s too good to be true,” Kemp said. “It feels great to have these girls by my side. I wouldn’t have the goals without them working to get me the ball. We wouldn’t even be here today if it wasn’t for them.”
Camas defeated Rogers, of Puyallup, in a bi-district playoff game. The Papermakers are back in the state tournament looking for redemption after finishing in third place last season.
“I’m so excited to hopefully get back to where we were and make it right,” said junior defender Perri Belzer.
“We are not settling for anything less than first,” Kemp said. “We don’t want to go out like we did the last time. We’re going to do it for the seniors.”
Kemp got Camas on the board eight minutes into the game. Morgan Winston netted her first goal of the season off a throw-in by Belzer.
“Amazing! I’ve been waiting so long for it,” Winston said.
She jumped right into the arms of co-captain Sabine Postma, while other teammates came up to congratulate her.
“I knew they were happy for me,” Winston said. “They lift me up all the time.”
Kemp delivered her second goal with about 27 minutes left in the game. Belzer then threaded a corner kick through the hands of the opposing goalkeeper to give the Papermakers a 4-0 cushion.
“I’m just going to bend this in,” she said. “Either one of my teammates is going to get on the back of it, or it’s just going to go in.”
Kemp completed her hat trick in the final minute of the game. It was a goal for the record books.
Camas (16-0-1) heads to Kent on Saturday to face Hazen or Kentridge in the bi-district championship game. The winning team takes the No. 1 seed into the state tournament, while the loser will be the No. 3 seed.
After earning 16 shutouts, the Papermakers are back in the Sweet 16. With 73 goals so far, and only one given up, these girls are showing no signs of slowing down.
See you on the sidelines.