Mount View holds off Belfast for hard-fought one-goal victoryIn battle of winless rivals, Mustangs walk off field with tough decision
Belfast — When Waldo County high school girls soccer rivals Mount View and Belfast stepped on Dennis "Bear" Bryant field on Friday afternoon, Sept. 20, and with both kicking for their first win of the campaign, something had to give.
And, after 80 spirited minutes, with the neighbors battling toe to toe and working for every inch of precious turf, it was the visiting Mustangs who walked off the pitch with a hard-fought one-goal victory.
Mount View scored an early first-half goal and that stood until Belfast tallied the equalizer early in the second half. The Mustangs then broke the deadlock with a late goal and the Lions worked in vain to the end in an attempt to tally the equalizer.
Morgan Clifford and Halle Reynolds scored goals and Tori Strain added two assists for winning Mount View, while Lydia Violette netted a goal and Ashley Littlefield added an assist for Belfast.
Logan Basford made eight saves in the Mustang net and Grace Davis five stops in the Lion goal. Belfast held a 9-7 edge in shots.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (1-4, 0.7143 point) is tied for 14th and Belfast (0-6, no points) tied for 16th. Waterville (6-0, 19.7959 points) is first in the 19-team region. The Mustangs early-season loss to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield is not included in the standings.
It has been a struggle for both the Mustangs and Lions early in the season, especially scoring goals and stopping opponents from putting the ball in the net. In six games, Belfast has been outscored 32-3, while Mount View has been outscored 14-3 in five contests.
But none of that mattered Friday as the two rivals fought in an even battle, looking for that decisive goal that would lift them to their first victory.
Clifford gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage with a goal, off a Strain assist, with 28:44 left in the first half. That goal held until Lion Violette scored, off a Littlefield assist, with 25:39 remaining in the second half to knot the contest 1-1.
The precious deciding goal came with with 11:13 left when Reynolds scored, off an assist from Strain.
From there, the host Lions pressed hard for the tying goal, but the Mustang defense held firm.
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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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