High school girls soccer

Mustangs earn first win, down Waldo County rival Lions

Grant scores deciding goal in first half in battle of Waldo County neighbors
By Staff | Sep 24, 2012
Courtesy of: Lisa Elkins Mount View's Kaitlin Leavitt, middle, and Belfast's Rachel Kahn battle for the ball, as Mustang Meri Picard (10) looks on during a Sept. 22 high school girls soccer game in Thorndike. The host Mustangs beat the rival Lions 1-0 to earn Waldo County bragging rights.

Thorndike — Last year, the Mount View girls soccer team ended a 65-game winless streak in the final game of the regular season.

This year, the Mustangs hope to make winning more of a regular thing and on Saturday morning they did that.

Facing Waldo County rival Belfast Sept. 22, host Mount View (1-7-1) got a goal from senior Mikell Grant early in the first half and the Mustang defense stood pat in a 1-0 win — the squad's first of the campaign — over the Lions on a rain-soaked field.

"It's exciting no matter what," said Mount View coach David Page of the win, even if over a county neighbor. "We're just out here enjoying it right now, but it's an exciting thing. It was a fun game to watch. Both teams really played hard and it was great to see the girls get rewarded for all the hard work they've been doing in the offseason, in the preseason and here in the regular season."

The Lions (1-7) committed a foul early in the contest just outside the 18-yard line to set up a direct kick for Mount View from the right side.

Grant stepped up and buried the kick top shelf to the right of the BAHS keeper a mere 3:55 into the contest. Mount View then dug in their heels and held the Lions scoreless the remainder of the game.

Mustang Logan Basford saved six of seven shots for her first varsity win in net, while the Lion goalie, whose name was unavailable, turned away four of six shots in goal for Belfast. The Lions also held a 4-2 edge in penalty corners.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (1-7-1, 2.2321 points) is 16th and Belfast (1-7, 1.7857 points) 17th. Hermon (7-0, 46.8878 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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