'Stangs blank Lions in renewed Waldo County rivalryBoulay, Clary hook up for deciding goal in hosts' 1-0 win
Thorndike — The two teams now may be in different classes, but do not think, for one moment, that the Belfast and Mount View high school field hockey squads do not still have a fierce athletic rivalry.
That rivalry was renewed on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the only scheduled game of the season between the squads as the Lions and Mustangs locked up in Thorndike with deep-seeded playoff implications aplenty for both sides.
Both teams were scoreless through a back-and-forth first half, but the hosts got a goal from Reanna Boulay midway through the second half as the Mustangs knocked off the defending Eastern Class B champions 1-0.
For years, Mount View and Belfast battled in Eastern Class B, including in a semifinal playoff game last year. In fact, the Lions won the state Class B title two years ago and lost in the state final last year, while the Mustangs have made a number of strong Eastern Class B playoff pushes in recent years.
On Tuesday, the deciding goal came off a penalty corner that eventually drew Belfast goalie Madison Littlefield out of the cage, a development that Mount View capitalized on as Allyson Clary found Boulay unmarked behind the goalie and Boulay pounded the ball into the back of the cage with 13:20 remaining in regulation.
Longtime Mustang coach Gloria Hewett said her team has been "focusing on teamwork and communication on the field for the last few practices" and saw that pay off Tuesday against a tough Belfast squad.
Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson said, "We played well but needed to score when we had our chances," particularly in the first half when the Lions held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners, including a flurry of chances late in the half.
Ultimately, Mount View's play off the penalty corner midway through the second half proved the difference.
"The corner play is one we practice but it hasn't resulted in such a pretty execution until yesterday," said Hewett. "The timing and speed of the passes was effective in moving the ball away from the defense and drawing the goalie out."
This fall, Mount View moved down to Class C after years in Class B, where they and Belfast had typically played each other once or twice a year, or sometimes three or four times if the teams met in the regional playoffs and/or the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game.
With the Mustangs moving to Class C, Tuesday's game will be the only field battle of the year between the squads.
Littlefield made 10 saves in the cage for Belfast, while Dinah Bilodeau made four saves for in net Mount View. The Lions doubled the Mustangs 12-6 in penalty corners.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (7-5, 36.9388 points) is fifth, while Nokomis of Newport (12-0, 112.9592 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Mount View (8-4, 57.6020 points) is fourth, while Winslow (11-1, 89.8724 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine 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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