Mustangs edge Lions in Waldo County early-season classicFrascolino's two goals propel Mount View to third win
Thorndike — It would be safe to state that the Mount View boys soccer team had Friday, Sept. 20, the team's rematch with rival Belfast, circled on its calendar since this season's high school schedule was released.
After losing their final two games of the 2012 campaign against the Waldo County rival Lions — including in the final seconds of a 5-4 double-overtime game to end the regular season at Thorndike and a 3-0 loss days later at Belfast in a preliminary playoff game — the Mustangs had revenge on their minds against the Lions.
They got it — but it did not come easy.
The 'Stangs jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead and, while the Lions rallied to knot the game in the second half, Mount View senior Vittorio Frascolino creased the net with 4:21 remaining, on an assist from Kyle Crowell, to propel the hosts to a 3-2 win.
It was the second goal of the game for Frascolino, an exchange student from Italy, who also scored with 29:44 remaining in the first half on a cross from teammate Brandon Reynolds. Jack Simpson also scored for the Mustangs on a first-half penalty kick with 23:50 left.
“I thought we played really well,” said Belfast coach Kevin Coombs. “Both halves we played really aggressive and I think it's one of the better games we've played."
“I think we outplayed them a little bit in the second half, but in the last 10 minutes [of the game] I think we got a little panicky and they started to develop some offense.”
Despite the win, Mount View coach Chris Hink was not pleased with his team's performance.
“They let down,” he said of his squad. “They knew this wasn't the same [Belfast] team as last year. Lost respect and almost lost the game because of it. We were lucky to come out of here with a win.”
Garrett Hamlin scored for Belfast, on an assist from David Flood, while Hamlin also assisted on the Lions' second goal by Christian Williams.
Sam Kulikowski made six saves in goal for Belfast, while Mikey Hustus also made six saves in net for Mount View. The Mustangs held a 16-10 edge in shots, while the Lions finished with a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.
With the Lions trailing 2-0, the first of Belfast's two scores came off the second of two straight corner kicks served into the box by Flood.
The first, Hamlin redirected the ball off his body and past Hustus to put the Lions on the board with 29:27 left.
Williams then beat a Mount View defender to a 50/50 ball served toward the goal by Hamlin, and Williams one-touched the ball past the charging Hustus with 23:23 left to tie the game.
The game-winner came from Frascolino with 4:21 remaining, when Crowell served the ball into the box, which the senior forward ripped into the right upper 90 of the goal to win the game.
“It was a nice settle in the box, he faked and turned the other way and he had just enough of an opening,” said Hink of Frascolino's goal. “He's got a nice foot on him. He was able to get enough pace on it and make it a hard shot to [defend]. It sort of knuckled to the right away from the goalie.”
“It was a very good goal,” said Coombs. “We left him unmarked in the middle of the field. I told the kids after the game that I think we played not to lose rather than playing to win. But, overall, I think our effort was superb and we were in it the whole game. We just need to learn how to finish halves.”
While Hink and the Mustangs will take the win, the veteran coach said “we've got a long ways to go.”
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (3-2, 4.4643 points) is 11th and Belfast (0-4-1, 0.8929 points) 19th (last). Presque Isle (3-1-1, 18.9413 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 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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