'Stangs best Mariners in thrilling 1-0 affair between top-tier teamsAdditionally, Belfast blanks Maine Central Institute
Thorndike — While the Oceanside Mariners are in Class B and the Mount View Mustangs have dropped to Class C, both top-tier high school field hockey teams brought their “A” games to a pivotal midseason game on Tuesday, Sept. 24, a battle that saw the Mustangs gallop to a hard-fought 1-0 win.
Belfast also was in action Sept. 24 as the Lions prevailed over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield at home via a 6-0 shutout.
The following is a recap of both contests:
Mount View 1, Oceanside 0
At Thorndike Sept. 24, the Mariners and Mustangs were entrenched in a scoreless game through the first half before the hosts banged the back of the cage in the second half to secure their fifth win in seven games.
Mykenna Grotton scored the lone goal of the game, on an assist from Kersey Boulay, with 11 minutes remaining in regulation, which proved to be the game-winner.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair for both squads, though Mount View dominated possession in the second half and had several scoring chances.
The Mustangs also benefited from at least five penalty corners in the span of five minutes midway through the second half, which wore down the Mariner defense and, ultimately, resulted in the game's lone score.
Zoe Billington made 14 saves on 15 shots in the cage for Oceanside, while Dinah Bilodeau made three saves on three shots for Mount View. The Mustangs led 8-2 in penalty corners.
Of note, Oceanside was coming off a 1-0 victory over defending state Class B champion Leavitt of Turner in a makeup game the day before and was playing its fifth game in seven days.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Mount View (5-3, 19.5918 points) is fourth, while Winslow (8-0, 36.5561 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (6-2, 21.8112 points) is fourth, while Gardiner (6-2, 39.5408 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Belfast 6, Maine Central Institute 0
At Belfast Sept. 24, the Lions roared to a shutout win over the Huskies. Belfast led 2-0 at halftime.
Leading the Lion offense were Maddy Cummings (2 goals, assist), Kelci Faulkingham (2 goals, 2 assists), Kyle Nelson (2 goals), Savana Wood (assist) and Kristine Mehuren (assist).
Madison Littlefield made four saves on four shots in the cage, including facing a penalty stroke, for Belfast. Mikayla Carr and Courtney Sprague played in goal for MCI and made five saves on 11 shots. The Lions also held an 8-1 edge in penalty corners.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (3-4, 8.4949 points) is eighth, while Gardiner (6-2, 39.5408 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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