Camas soccer rolls to state on a record night

Kemp sets career goals record in 9-0 win over Beamer

By Andy Buhler, Columbian staff writer

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CAMAS — It was a fitting night for Maddie Kemp to go into the record books.

The junior forward was two goals behind the Camas girls soccer record for career goals scored — 81 — going into the game.

She scored four goals, three of them in the second half, and the Papermakers thumped Todd Beamer 9-0 at Doc Harris Stadium on Thursday in the 4A bi-districts.

The win solidified a spot in the state playoffs.

The record-breaking goal came late in the second half when Kemp received a pass in the box from Jazzlynn Paulson and blasted a shot that deflected off a Todd Beamer defender’s head into the goal.

The announcer echoed the accomplishment over the loudspeakers, sending the pro-Camas crowd into its loudest applause of the evening.

On the same play Paulson’s assist, her 16th of the season, broke the program single-season record. Beating the records on the same play was “special,” Paulson said.

“When she was at 11, I winked at her and said, ‘hey, you know 15 is the record, you can do five more’ ” Minder said. “Now we got that out of the way and we’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

Minder said he told Kemp where she stood on the all-time list when she hit 77.

“It’s exciting,” Kemp said. “I feel like we’ve been talking about it for long since, since my freshman year. (Camas coach Roland) Minder was like ‘I think she has a chance,’ and now it’s suddenly here. I feel like it came so fast.”

Kemp has scored 36 goals this season to surpass Lisa Hogan, who played for Camas from 2000-2003. Minder was an assistant coach at Camas when Hogan played. Kemp, a Gonzaga commit, scored 31 goals as a junior.

“I guess we thought it would happen a little later in the season, but it happened to work out,” she said.

The attention went to Kemp for the night, but the game was well within control before she started scoring.

Camas’ scored early and in seemingly rapid succession.

Jenna Efraimson got Camas on the board in the game’s opening minutes when the junior forward’s cross from the left side deflected off a Todd Beamer defender into the goal.

In the 11th, Kierstyn Heilbrun scored when a corner kick by Paulson deflected off a defender and rolled back to the senior defender.

Paulson scored on a give-and-go with Kemp in the 16th and Kemp scored in the 21st to give the Papermakers a 4-0 lead going into the half.

Kemp tied the program goals record when she scored a header from a corner kick from Jazzy Paulson in the 59th minute to go up 7-0.

The starters played most of the game despite the game being out of reach rather early. Minder, in part, credited the team’s need to keep playoff form and stay on top of its conditioning.

Since the Papermakers had a bye in the first round of bi-districts, they focused on conditioning early in the week — so much so that multiple players threw up from the running on Monday.

The Papermakers will play for state seeding in the bi-district finals against Rogers of Puyallup at Olympia High School at 2 p.m. Saturday. A win secures the No. 1 seed out of District 4 and home-field advantage through the state quarterfinals.

“All of us want to play (at home) with our seniors one more time,” Paulson said. “That gives us something to push even harder for.”