Mount View squeezes past Camden Hills in thrilling finaleMustangs, Windjammers prepare for upcoming regional playoffs
Thorndike — The Mount View and Camden Hills field hockey squads will participate in the regional playoffs in the coming days, but the Mustangs and Windjammers had one final order of business to take care of on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16 — namely each team's final regular-season game.
That came in the form of a competitive meeting between the Mustangs (10-4) and Windjammers (5-9), with the hosts securing a 2-1 victory on a goal in the final seconds.
Tuesday's game was knotted 1-1 before Mount View tallied the decisive goal from Reanna Boulay with 20 seconds left. The win also cemented a home regional quarterfinal playoff game for the Mustangs.
Veteran Mount View coach Gloria Hewitt said the Mustangs scored the winning goal on "an incredible push down the field and into the circle from right back Hailey Davis. Hailey passed the ball off and Megan Mikel sent it to Reanna Boulay, who scored the winning goal."
Braley Leadbetter scored in the first half, on an assist from Boulay, with 14:51 left to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Camden Hills tied the game as Allie Dobbins knocked the ball into the back of the cage with 22:16 remaining.
Dinah Bilodeau made three saves on four shots in the cage for the Mustangs, while Windjammer goalie Desi Dodd made stops on 12-of-14 shots.
Mount View also led 5-3 in penalty corners.
"We had a bit of a letdown after Camden Hills scored and I called a timeout to get them focused and working harder," said Hewitt. "They went back into the game and I saw a change in their energy and their hustle as a team. But we still couldn't get a ball in the cage until the last 20 seconds of the game. I am proud of my team though, for not giving up until the whistle blew, otherwise that goal might not have happened."
"We were missing three girls, two of who were our midfielders," said Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement. "Not having them forced us to pull some forwards back as mids. On the flipside, we finally got one of our players [Molly Davee] back on the field after having sat out three weeks with an injury. With adjustments to numbers and positions, it threw us off."
Clement added, "Willow Grinnell did a great job as one of our replacement mids. She's been working hard all season at moving to the ball and she executed that flawlessly. She cut off a lot of what would have been breakaways for Mount View.
"Addie Bragg and Harper Gordon also played great games. Addie got a lot of breakaways and our one goal was thanks to Addie carrying it down the field outsprinting their team."
The Mustangs also won the jayvee game 2-0, as Megan Mikel scored, on an assist from Allison Kennedy, and Reanna Boulay scored unassisted.
For the varsity squads, the postseason now awaits, with Mount View qualifying in Eastern Class C and Camden Hills in Eastern Class B, with those playoff games being on Thursday, Oct. 24.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Mount View (10-4, 80.3061 points) is fourth, while Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (13-0-1, 136.8622 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, the Mustangs will host No. 5 Dexter (78.3163 points) on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game. Mount View does not play the Tigers during the regular season and has continued to play a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B schedule, something the 'Stangs have done for years, before dropping to Class C this season.
Dexter has outscored foes 32-12, with eight shutouts, this season, and has losses to Foxcroft Academy twice (3-0, 5-0) and to Old Town (3-2), while tying Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 2-2. Mount View has outscored opponents 35-14, with seven shutouts, and has played in a bundle of close affairs. In fact, the Mustangs started the season 0-2 and then won 10 of their next 12 games.
"Overall, this season has been great," Hewitt said. "We started off a bit slow and had to come back from several key losses but we ended up with 10 wins and four losses, so a great season. Our win yesterday guaranteed us a home quarterfinal game so that was another positive aspect of the game. We will be focusing on the game against Dexter next. We've never faced them before so they will be an unknown team in some respects. We will work hard to prepare for our game against them."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (5-9, 24.3112) is eighth, while Nokomis of Newport (14-0, 156.3265 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, the Windjammers will play at No. 1 Nokomis on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game. The Warriors beat Camden Hills 2-0 in a regular-season game and have outscored opponents 37-4, with 10 shutouts, this season.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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