Strong second half thrusts Mount View field hockey past Camden HillsSmith, Boulay key Mustangs' offensive explosion over final 30 minutes
Rockport — When all is said and done and they put the wraps on another exciting Midcoast high school field hockey regular season, two things will be evident: namely, that Camden Hills will be one of the most competitive teams in Eastern Class B not to qualify for the playoffs and talented Mount View, as is their annual tradition, again should be a regional and state championship contender.
Both squads' personalities have been on display all season and were again Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6 as the host Windjammers, knowing they needed a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, played with desperation, focus and purpose against the strong Mustangs of Thorndike.
However, although the hosts took leads of 1-0 and 2-1, Camden Hills simply could not hold off the hard-charging Mustangs, who scored three second-half goals to seal a 4-2 victory.
Both teams have one game remaining in the regular season, with the Mustangs facing Waldo County rival Belfast on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in Belfast, while Camden Hills finishes the campaign against Knox County rival Oceanside the same day at 3:30 p.m. in Rockland.
Mount View, Belfast and Oceanside are headed to the regional playoffs, while the Windjammers probably will finish on the outside looking in.
But that has not been for lack of effort or talent for Camden Hills, simply the way the 2012 season played out.
On Saturday afternoon, Camden Hills, after holding its pregame senior recognition ceremony, led by a goal twice but could not seal the deal for what would have been a Heal Point-worthy victory. Earlier this season, the Windjammers pushed defending state Class B champion Belfast to the limit in a double-overtime loss, in another example of how close Camden Hills has been to being a playoff team.
However, the Windjammers have simply had trouble getting over the top and sealing victories.
On Saturday for Mount View, Andrea Smith scored two goals and Brittany Masessa and Anna Tsomides both one, while Kersey Boulay contributed a hat trick, of sorts, using her tremendous ball dribbling skills and field vision for three assists.
For Camden Hills, Camilla Walker and Addie Bragg tallied goals and Bragg and Alice Flint added assists.
Goalies Zia Sulick (14 saves) of Camden Hills and Abbie Charrier (8 saves) of Mount View were sensational in front of the cages, with both making a bundle of acrobatic saves, including the split-legged and diving variety. Sulick stopped a penalty stroke by Masessa with 6:22 left in the second half.
Mount View finished with an 18-10 edge in shots and a 12-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Camden Hills got on the board first with 16:48 left in the first half as Walker scored, off Bragg's assist. Tsomides knotted the score 1-1 with an unassisted goal with 12:18 left. The hosts brought a 2-1 cushion into the halftime break as Bragg scored, off an assist from Flint, with 7:03 remaining.
However, the Mustang stampede would not be denied and it trampled to three straight second-half goals for the win, as Smith scored with 23:13 and 7:18 left and Massesa with 16:14 remaining. The talented Boulay helped make the goals possible with her brilliant stickhandling down the field, especially on Smith's first goal.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (10-3, 74.1837 points) is sixth and Camden Hills (4-8-1, 14.6811 points) 12th. Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (12-1, 99.8724 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Click on the link below to view Camden Hills and Mount View varsity and jayvee game photos.
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