Postseason intensity and play came to the Midcoast earlier than usual as the visiting Mount View of Thorndike and host Camden Hills field hockey squads battled for 60 grueling minutes Saturday in one of the finest high school athletic events of the fall.

When the two talented squads had left every ounce of sweat and energy on the field, it was the Mustangs who maintained their unbeaten campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Windjammers, a team fighting and clawing for a playoff spot.

Both teams certainly looked like playoff squads with Saturday’s skilled and aggressive play all over the field for 60 minutes. Every player appeared to give her all ever second of the thrilling affair.

Mount View’s Mercedes Reynolds scored with 3:47 remaining in the second half to give the visitors the victory and help the Mustangs remain undefeated and atop the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B.

For the most part, Mount View dominated play, holding a whopping 18-2 advantage in shots and 11-4 edge in penalty corners.

While Camden Hills had a few fleeting offensive chances, it was the Windjammers’ defense — anchored by goalie Sarah Nason (17 saves) — that proved the most impressive. That defense battled the Mustangs tooth-and-nail and Nason practically stood on her head — an old ice hockey reference for a goalie who turns in a spectacular performance — to prevent more Mount View shots from entering the cage.

Nason was tremendous in both halves and her padded kick saves and dives to knock balls away kept Mount View from scoring more goals. In fact, at one point, Nason literally crawled on the ground for several seconds to continually tip a ball away from the relentless Mustang players.

Nason, who has been playing in the cage since fifth grade, said she loves facing top teams such as Mount View because those foes provide a greater challenge. However, the senior said she does get nervous and feels the pressure of keeping the ball out of the cage.

Nason said she relies on considerable help from her defense and most games she is able to make kick saves with her leg pads, but Mount View’s relentless pressure caused her to have to dive and sprawl on the ground many times.

“Our defense played really well,” Nason said. “We really played like a team today.”

Camden Hills had to come up with one of its best efforts of the season — especially defensively — to keep the Mustangs at bay. And the hosts did that on seniors/parents recognition day.

In fact, the Windjammers came out and played with a lot of emotion and passion early on a cool, windy day on a slick, rain-soaked field that caused many players to slip and fall. Camden Hills had the better of play early in the first half before the Mustangs kicked it into gear and put constant pressure on Nason and the Windjammers defense, who were both, for the most part, up for the challenge.

Nason and the Windjammer defense had to be up for the task as Reynolds and her teammates, using their impressive passing attack, continued to put pressure on and Hayleigh Kein drilled several of her patented blistering slap shots at the cage.

However, Kein, who suffered cut on her head when she was hit by a stick late in the game (she went to the sideline), and her teammates could not get the ball past Nason in the first half.

Camden Hills’ best chance to score came with 15 minutes left in the second half when Taylor Porter took a point-blank shot on Amanda Hall, who made the stop. Hall had two saves playing in the cage in the second half for Mount View, while Abbie Charrier was in goal for the Mustangs during the first 30 minutes.

Nason also made a sensational pad save on one of Kein’s blistering shots with 4:20 remaining in the second half before Reynolds came through with the straw, and shot, that broke the camel’s back with 3:47 left, scoring after relentless pressure on the cage by the Mustangs.

Mount View (10-0, 89.8225 points) is first and Camden Hills (6-4, 30.5325 points) seventh in Eastern Class B. Gardiner (8-1-1, 66.5237 points) is second in the 14-team region — 23.2988 points behind the Mustangs.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.