High School Sports

Camden girls claim first region soccer title in 14 years

Camden completed an unbeaten run to the Region 6-3A girls soccer championship on Thursday, downing Lakewood 8-0 at Zemp Stadium. It was the first region title for the program since 1995. The Bulldogs (8-4 overall) finished 6-0 in region matches, out-scoring the opposition 53-2.

The Bulldogs wasted little time in taking the lead in the region finale as Robinson scored less than 90 seconds into the contest and was followed by a goal from the foot of senior Ashley Morgan less than four minutes later.

Offensively, Camden has been led by forwards India Robinson and Tina Stokes and midfielders Josey Dean, Kaney Steele, and Loren Grimm. Robinson has been the big gun with 28 goals and 19 assists, while Stokes has 20 goals and nine assists on the books. The Camden defense has been a bright spot, according to Bulldogs coach Stephen Sutusky. Carrie Stokes and Jessie Baldwin have been the leaders of a unit that also includes Shaniqua Dowdell, Brittany Bradley, and Liz Wilson. Jessica Ekman and Lauren Geddings have shared duty in goal. The two have combined for six shutouts this season.

“We have a great group of girls and winning the region championship is something they can be proud of the rest of their life,” said Sutusky.

Camden will have almost two weeks to rest up for the state of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Bulldogs host a first-round match on May 11.