Mustangs, Panthers defend home turf in Sept. 5 contestsMedomak Valley girls win in Waldoboro, Mount View boys in Thorndike
With Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B routinely being one of the state's top leagues, getting off to a positive start — or, rather, on the right foot — early in a new season is paramount in the high school soccer world.
The Medomak Valley and Mount View boys and girls pitch squads are among that crop of teams as all four squared off in a pair of contests Sept. 5.
After being shut out in their first game of the campaign, the Panther girls responded and posted a shutout of their own with a 3-0 win over the Mustangs in Waldoboro. Meanwhile, the Mount View boys jumped to a 4-0 lead and held off the Panthers to stay unbeaten with a 4-2 win in Thorndike.
Lexi Genthner scored two goals to lead the Panthers (1-1), while Maria Ennamorati tallied a goal and an assist and Taylor Mason added one assist for the hosts.
Medomak Valley's Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet and Mount View's Ashlee Spaulding each had 10 saves in net for their respective squads. The Panthers held a 15-7 edge in shots over the Mustangs (0-2) and 6-4 edge in corner kicks.
Ennamorati got Medomak Valley off on the right foot with 34:56 remaining in the first half after getting ahead of the Mount View defense and beating Spaulding in a one-on-one situation. Genthner creased the net with 14:52 left in the opening half on a feed from Mason to give the hosts a 2-0 halftime edge.
Genthner supplied the Panthers with an insurance goal in the second half after outracing a defender down the left side and beating the Mustang keeper from about the 18-yard line with 26:10 remaining.
Lorenzo Milani scored a pair of unassisted goals — one in the first three minutes of each half — to lead the 'Stangs (2-0), while John Piotti tallied a goal and an assist, James Philbrick a goal and Jack Simpson an assist for the winning hosts.
For the Panthers (0-2), Colton Spear creased the net and assisted on Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet's goal, while Patrick Madden also had an assist for the visitors.
Ryan Ripley made 11 saves in net for Medomak Valley, while Mikey Hustus made nine saves in goal for Mount View. The Mustangs held a 26-16 edge in shots, while the Panthers grabbed a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Mustangs wasted little time getting on the board as Milani creased the net 1:27 into the contest with an unassisted score, while Piotti scored later on a Simpson assist at the 26:32-mark and Philbrick increased the hosts' lead to 3-0 on an assist from Piotti with 25:44 remaining.
Mount View went into halftime with a 3-0 lead and jumped to a 4-0 advantage early in the second half — a mere 2:55 in — when Milani tallied his second unassisted goal of the contest.
Medomak Valley staged a rally at the midway point of the second half, as the Panthers scored twice in a span of 1:11 with Spear scoring at the 20:20-mark and Hendrickson-Belloguet beating Hustus 61 seconds later to cut the host's lead in half.
Mount View's defense tightened through the rest of the game and thwarted any chance of a Medomak Valley comeback.
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