A giant leap forward

Camas soccer team wins first four games of the season

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With captains Danny Wing and Dominic Fewel steering the ship again, the Camas boys soccer team made waves against Tumwater Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium.

Fewel and Wing scored goals in a 3-0 win for the Papermakers. Sophomore Connor Flolo scored the first goal in his varsity debut. Goalkeepers Spencer Vela and JD Ellis came through with clutch saves.

“It was good to keep the shut out and get the win. That was all we were trying to do,” Fewel said.

“We’re still waiting on a couple more guys to come back. That will help us even more,” Wing said. “But, everybody is just stepping up. We’re getting better each game.”

Vela caught two balls in front of the net, as the Papermakers endured an early surge by the Thunerbirds. Wing failed on the first opportunity to get Camas on the board when his penalty kick was blocked by the Tumwater goalkeeper. Flolo broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 30th minute off an assist by Luke Schoene.

“It was great for him, in his first varsity game ever, to go and get a goal,” said head coach Roland Minder. “How much better does it get for a sophomore than that?”

Wing redeemed himself by blasting in an insurance goal with 18 minutes left in the game.

“I wanted to make up for that missed PK,” he said. “I knew I had to do something.”

Fewel headed in a corner kick by Josh Tkachenko in the final seven minutes to put the Papermakers up 3-0.

“Josh played a good ball, I made a good run and it went in,” Fewel said. “It was a good feeling.”

Camas clipped Kentwood 5-2 Saturday to improve to 4-0 on the season so far. Brennan Smith got the Papermakers on the board with a double-assist by Wing and Fewel. Josh Schneider and Wing both added two goals. Schneider also assisted on Wing’s second goal.

Minder said Friday’s win against Tumwater was “a giant step forward.” Camas showed even more creativity on the road at Kentwood Saturday.

With Wing and Fewel back in the fold, the Papermakers are a force to be reckoned with.

“Dom and Danny are the best two players, so having them on the field opens everything up,” Minder said. “Putting Josh Schneider up front created problems. It just gives us more options.”