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Kemp leads Camas soccer to playoff win over Kamiak

Sophomore scores three goals in 4-0 victory


CAMAS — Maddie Kemp felt during warmups Wednesday night that her game was a little off.

Two hours later, the Camas sophomore walked off the Doc Harris Stadium turf in the 65th minute of the Papermakers’ first-round Class 4A state playoff game against Kamiak of Mukilteo, feeling a whole lot better about her game.

Kemp recorded a hat trick to lead No. 2-ranked Camas to a 4-0 victory over the Knights, upping her single-season school record for goals in a season to 29.

Kemp’s second-minute goal, heading home a cross from Alyssa Tomasini, got the ball rolling for the Papermakers (18-0-1), who won their 14th straight to reach the state quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years.

The Papermakers, ranked No. 8 in the West Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, host Woodinville (14-4-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium in the quarterfinals. Kamiak’s season ended at 15-4-2.

“In warmups, I felt a lot of nerves. I just didn’t feel like I was on my game,” Kemp said. “But when we step out there and score early, it’s always a confidence booster. It’s always good to get on them first and relax the nerves. We kept on going the whole game.”

Kemp broke the previous school record of 24 goals set by Heather Roberts in 2001 during Camas’ 5-1 win Saturday over Kentridge in the West Central District finals.

“Maddie has a nose for the goal,” Camas coach Roland Minder said. “I expected her to have a good season, but I didn’t expect this many goals.”

Kemp and Tomasini (21 goals), a senior and Western Oregon commit, have combined to score more than 60 percent of Camas’ 82 goals this season.

“To have that double threat with her and Tomasini, it’s huge,” Minder said. “If you have just one, you can man-mark that person out of the game. But with two of them in the 20s, it gets a little more difficult to defend.”

Kemp’s first goal came after her cross to Tomasini skipped off her head. Tomasini chased the ball down and lofted it to an unmarked Kemp at the far post.

“I knew when I came into the box that she was going to get it and that it was coming right to me,” Kemp said. “I can always rely on Alyssa to get that cross to me.”

Senior Sabine Postma gave Camas a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute, taking advantage of a Kamiak mistake at the top of the penalty area and beating goalie Ally Peterson to the near post.

Kemp scored twice in a 10-minute stretch of the second half to put the game away.

Ellie Echeverio worked the ball down the right wing and delivered a pinpoint cross to Kemp, who was again left unmarked at the top of the 6-yard box for an easy header at the left post in the 46th minute.

Kemp finished off the scoring 10 minutes later, after Postma laid off a throw-in at Kemp’s feet 30 yards from goal and she dribbled through the Knights defense before slotting a shot inside the left post.

“I was really nervous when I started getting close to beating the (school) record,” said Kemp, who scored 16 goals as a freshman as Camas finished third at state. “It felt too good to be true. But now that I have it, I just want to keep putting more to it.”

Echeverio and Tomasini share team-high honors with 11 assists apiece. Julia Coombs made four saves to preserve the team’s 17th shutout in 19 games.

Woodinville, making its first state appearance since 2010, earned its spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win Tuesday over Bellarmine Prep.

“We drove up last night to see their game,” Minder said. “They have a good concept of what they want to do with the ball.”