Mustangs gallop past Lions in Waldo County boys soccer showdownDiemer tallies two goals, Jungels two assists to pace Mount View offense
Belfast — If it was Friday night and there were plenty of tackles, kicks, long runs and scores on Dennis "Bear" Bryant Field it must have been another fun evening of high school football, right?
Instead, longstanding Waldo County high school boys soccer rivals, and two of the strongest teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B ranks, demonstrated their impressive talents and went toe to toe in a midseason clash that provided plenty of excitement for the large contingent of fans who witnessed the rare night pitch contest under the lights.
In the end, visiting Mount View made the most of its scoring opportunities and galloped away from the Lions, who had hoped to continue their unbeaten season.
However, the Mustangs had too much offense on this night and secured a convincing 6-1 victory.
The visitors led 2-0 after the first 40 minutes and outscored the hoss 4-1 in the second half to roll to the easy victory.
Trevor Diemer tallied two goals and James Philbrick, Lorenzo Milani, Evan Lanpher and Jack Simpson all one for Mount View. Bryan Jungels added two assists and Milani and Nathan Wren both one for the visitors.
Yani Rakis converted an unassisted goal for the hosts.
Mount View held a 23-15 edge in shots and the Lions a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Mikey Hustus made eight saves in net for Mount View, while Tremmil Groene had seven stops in goal for Belfast.
Mount View took a 2-0 halftime lead when Diemer scored, on an assist from Milani, with 15:42 left. Philbrick, assisted by Wren, added a goal with 9:29 remaining to make it 2-0.
That is how it stood before Diemer struck again, unassisted, with 36:29 left in the second half. The second-half scoring continued with Rakis for Belfast, unassisted, with 19:07 left to make it 3-1 and then three unanswered Mustang goals.
Milani, asisted by Jungels, scored at 6;15; Lanpher, unassisted, at 2:23; and Simpson, assisted by Jungels, with 20.9 seconds remaining was all the insurance the Mustangs needed to cement the impressive victory.
Despite the final score, there was plenty of exciting, intense, back-and-forth play between the county rivals, who are separated by about 15 miles. Both teams possess considerable speed and talent, but Mount View made the most of its scoring opportunities on this night to secure the victory.
Mount View is a perennial Eastern Class B playoff contender, advancing to the semifinals last year, while Belfast has made great strides to put itself in position to earn a regional postseason spot this fall.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (6-2-1, 31.5179 points) is third and Belfast (6-1-1, 23.2143 points) seventh. Winslow (5-0-2, 35.5357 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 squads qualify for the playoffs.
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