When players for the talented, senior-laden Mount View field hockey squad walked onto the field for the first practice of the season, like all high school athletic teams, the Mustangs had lofty goals, the most important of which was to win a state Class B championship.

Along the way, the Mustangs figured they had a realistic shot at finishing unbeaten heading into the postseason, which would not only be a wonderful journey but also another feather in their caps.

While Mount View made a strong bid to finish undefeated during the regular season, that scenario was thwarted Thursday afternoon as the Mustangs lost a hard-fought, 3-2, double-overtime game to host Leavitt in the next to final contest of the campaign.

Mount View is the top team in Eastern Class B and Leavitt third in Western Class B. The teams, who both play in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division, would only meet later this season in the playoffs in the state final.

Despite Thursday’s loss, it appears the Mustangs have solidified the top spot in Eastern Class B. In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (11-1, 113.3728 points) is first and John Bapst of Bangor (10-2, 95.2806 points) second — 18.0922 points behind the Mustangs in the 14-team region.

In Western Class B, York (13-1, 149.7449 points) is first and Leavitt (9-2-1, 96.2870 points) third in the 14-team region.

The Mustangs have been involved in a bundle of close games this season. In fact, Mount View has played six one-goal games, including several that went to overtime. In 12 games, Mount View has outscored foes 34-5 and recorded nine shutouts. Mount View allowed only two goals in its first 11 games and three to Leavitt Thursday.

“It was a tough loss, that’s for sure,” said Mustang coach Gloria Hewett of the game with the Hornets.

What is tougher about the loss is Mount View held a 22-7 edge in shots and 15-4 advantage in penalty corners, thus dominating the action but losing the game. Taylor Eells had 15 saves in the Hornet goal, while Abbie Charrier (1 save) and Amanda Hall (2 saves) played in the cage for the Mustangs. Charrier played in the first half and the overtimes, while Hall played in the second half.

Adrie Newton scored two goals for Leavitt, including the game-winner in the second overtime.

“We never made it a goal to go undefeated, we just happened to win all of our games up until we faced Leavitt,” coach Hewett said. “Our goal was to have another winning season, get into tournaments and have a shot at states. The loss against Leavitt was hard because even though it was not a goal to go undefeated, we were almost there and it was a possibility in all of our minds.

“The girls were initially pretty upset, but we sat and talked after the game, like we always do, and focused on what we did well and we did a lot of things well in our game. We focused on the positive and I reminded them that the loss was, after all, a regular-season game and we weren’t done yet, that we have games left to win.”

Mount View took a 1-0 lead with 16:41 left in the first half on a corner. Brianna Moody inserted to Hayleigh Kein for a score from the top of the circle. Leavitt tied the game with 3:09 left in the first half on an unassisted goal from Newton.

The Mustangs took a 2-1 cushion in the second half on another corner. With 9:51 remaining, Delainey Kein inserted to Moody, who shot on goal, and Mercedes Reynolds scored on a post tip on what Hewett called “a really pretty goal.”

Mount View could not hold the one-goal cushion, however, as Mykayla McCann scored an unassisted goal with 3:04 left in regulation.

Neither team scored in the first overtime before Newton notched the game-winning goal with 2:15 left in the second overtime on a scramble in front of the cage.

“We will be back in action on Tuesday [Oct. 12 at Waldo County rival Belfast] and playing with all we can give,” Hewett said. “My team will bounce back strong, of that I’m sure. The pressure is now off a bit and we can focus on the next game. One game at a time is how we intend to play.”

The jayvee game ended in a 1-1 tie.

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