Ramblers press on in Class C North with win over MustangsBrown scores lone Mount View goal in 3-1 quarterfinal playoff loss
Winthrop — On the north side of the field — where third-seeded Winthrop and No. 6 Mount View of Thorndike tangled in a Class C North field hockey quarterfinal playoff game on Tuesday, Oct. 18 — was a small orange sign that read: “Every corner is a goal.”
While the Ramblers certainly did not convert every penalty corner into a score, they made good on one of their firsts, which ultimately proved to give the hosts enough of a cushion to fend off the Mustangs en route to a 3-1 victory.
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Mount View, which won three of its final four regular-season contests leading up to Tuesday’s quarterfinal, saw its season wrap at 7-8.
With the win, the Ramblers (12-2-1) advance to face No. 2 Dexter (13-2) in the semifinals. The Tigers defeated No. 7 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (6-9) 5-0 in another Tuesday quarterfinal clash.
Emily Molino, Moriah Hajduk and Sarah Sparh scored goals in the win for the Ramblers, while Hajduk assisted on the other two scores for the hosts.
Summer Brown scored the lone goal for the Mustangs, off an assist from Reanna Boulay.
Alexis Bowman made three saves in goal for Mount View, while Corrinna Coulton played in the cage for Winthrop.
The Ramblers held a 4-1 edge in penalty corners after the first 30 minutes of the game, with one of their first finding the back of the Mustang cage with 12:41 remaining in the first half.
Molina inserted on the play to Hajduk, who fired the initial shot on goal, but Molina collapsed to the cage and got a stick on the redirect to put the higher seed on the board.
The Ramblers, who led 1-0 at halftime, held a 7-5 edge in penalty corners on the afternoon.
“Winthrop played a great game,” said veteran Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. “They played fast, they played well and they didn’t give up the ball at all. They were really fast and when there was a change in direction when they got a free hit, they were on it really fast.”
That was a general theme throughout the game as the Ramblers seemed on point in dead-ball situations, while the Mustangs seemed a step behind.
Hewett said she imparted to her team at halftime the importance of “firing up” and did so in the second half, despite the Ramblers converting their second goal of the game off a blistering shot from Hajduk from close range a mere 135 seconds in.
The ‘Stangs hung tough and certainly had their chances as they were awarded four penalty corners in a 90-second span with about 20 minutes to go in regulation.
The visitors, ultimately, could not convert as the Rambler defense stood pat.
Hewett said the Mustangs got “a bit of momentum” on offense after the Ramblers scored their third goal of the game by Spahr with 13:20 left to get into the scoring column, but ultimately could not battle all the way back to knot the score.
“It makes you want to score back,” the coach said. “The other team tends to let down a little when they score and there’s like a three-minute window that you can score back sometimes.”
Mount View’s window in this instance was less than one minute as Boulay fed Brown to put Mount View on the board with 12:32 left in the contest.
The Mustangs were competing with only 13 players — 11 on the field and two subs, one of which was injured.
Hewett said Boulay and Gibbs, her two seniors, are “both phenomenal players” and worthy of All-State consideration, the former of whom earned the nod last season as well.
“I couldn’t have played all these games and done this well without both of them,” she said. “It’s not just Reanna. My center-mid [Gibbs] is also a phenomenal player. They’re the strength of my team.”
It also was the final seasons for juniors Jessie Blanchette and Michelle Bilodeau, both of whom will graduate early in the spring. Bilodeau, one of Mount View’s fastest offensive players, did not play Tuesday after receiving a concussion in the team’s 3-1 loss to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield to wrap the regular season.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, iced coffee, cargo shorts and time with friends and family.
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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