High school girls soccer

Mustangs end 65-game winless streak, upend Eagles in season finale

Time to celebrate: Mount View earns first win since 2007
By Mark Haskell | Oct 19, 2011
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mount View's Mikell Grant leaps over Lincoln Academy goalie Katie Riley after charging to the net Tuesday night in Newcastle. In back is Eagle Christina Tonry. Grant scored the lone goal of the game to give the visiting Mustangs a 1-0 victory — the first win in 66 games for Mount View. The coveted win came on the final day of the 2011 season.

Newcastle — First-year Mount View girls soccer coach David Page had to endure an impromptu Gatorade shower far from home on a cool fall night Tuesday, but he did not mind because the splashing good time meant the Mustangs had — finally — experienced a coveted victory.

Mount View has not had much to cheer about in some time, with the Mustangs last victory coming Sept. 14, 2007 against Oak Hill of Sabattus. Over the last five seasons, the Mustangs have had a number of goals scored against them and only a few scored in their favor, with nothing but one tie against 64 losses to show for their dedication to the sport and continued hard work.

However, Tuesday night against host Lincoln Academy, in the final game of the regular season, the Mustangs did what many on the team thought was unthinkable: They won.

Mount View's Mikell Grant creased the net with 35:47 remaining in the second half, the visitors stood pat on defense and held on for a thrilling 1-0 win in a game featuring two previously winless squads.

Mount View finished the campaign 1-13, while the Eagles ended at 0-14.

Coach Page did not have to endure the complete 0-64-1 record over the team's past 65 games. In fact, neither did the five seniors on the team because they were in eighth grade the last time the Mustangs won.

Regardless, Page could not have been happier for his student-athletes, who he said earned Tuesday's win to finally get the dreaded monkey off their collective backs, particularly seniors Amanda Larrabee, Leeann Larrabee, Fayth Savoy and Ailish Foley.

"There were a lot of tears after the game, especially for the seniors," said Page. "That was the most important thing for me was for them to go out at one point in the season and just experience what it feels like to win. Of course I'm excited, but I'm most excited for them."

The players gave Page a Gatorade bath after the win, a rite of passage customary for important victories. For the Mustangs, the win could not have been bigger.

On the decisive goal, the Mustangs crossed the ball near the goal and it went to an Eagle defender with the ball being pressured by Grant. The junior then served the ball off a defender's leg and it came back to her, she broke in and beat the keeper to the left side for the only score of the game.

Page hopes the team's season-ending victory will be a springboard for bigger and better things next year and hopefully will bring a winning attitude to the program.

"Now that they know what it feels like maybe they'll understand a little bit better," he said. "After four years its hard to remember what it feels like to win and have that attitude going in that you're going to win, and now that's going to change and that's a great thing for these kids."

Amanda Larrabee made 12 saves on 20 shots in goal for Mount View, while Katie Riley made two saves on seven shots for the Eagles. The Mustangs also held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.

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