The Mount View High School girls soccer team has not won a game in more than two years. But for a member of the Mustang squad, that fact was put into perspective over the past few months as a freak accident on the pitch has caused her to lose so much more.

Mikell Grant, a 16-year-old sophomore at Mount View, was injured during a game at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle Sept. 29 when her Mustangs were facing off with the Eagles in a tight game.

Grant was elbowed directly in her left eye socket by a member of the Eagles as both were going hard for the ball. The Mustang quickly became disoriented and lost vision in her injured eye.

“It happened in the second half of the game and it was probably one of our roughest games,” Grant said. “We were doing really well and it was tied 0-0. The ball was at our end of the field and I like to be kind of aggressive. I went up for the ball the same time as the girl from the opposite team did and as we both [went for it], her arm came back and hit me in the face and I just fell to the ground.”

“She didn’t hit her head or anything, but just fell to the ground and saw the flashing of light and immediately went blind in that eye,” said Grant’s mother, Shannon.

Grant was taken out of the game but thought little of any long-term affects from her impaired vision and finished the game on the bench with her teammates.

“It’s almost like when you rub your eyes and you have those little sparkles and then they kind of fade away,” Grant said. “Well, they never really faded away, they just kind of stayed there.”

The Mustangs lost the game 1-0 to the Eagles, but that would be the last thing on Grant’s mind during the following weeks. Since the injury, Grant has seen eye specialists in Boston three times as well as other doctors in Waterville to determine the long-term affects of the injury.

“She went for an eye appointment four weeks ago and they thought at that point it was permanent, but they didn’t want to say for sure,” said Shannon. “But [recently] she had another field test and it was right on, the same as it was the last time we were down there. So they told us that [the damage] is permanent.”

Grant still has slight usage of her lower outside peripheral with her left eye, but has lost all sight in the left eye’s inner half and most of the upper outside peripheral. She has also lost some vision in the lower left peripheral of her right eye as a result of the accident.

Grant’s mother said doctors are still running tests and the youngster will have another magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Dec. 29.

“They just want to rule out everything I guess,” said Shannon. “But, at this point, they did tell us that it is permanent and it won’t get any worse, so that’s the good news.”

Grant said she has still not fully adapted to her new limited vision, adding she is still having the occasional fall whether it be on the stairs, on the field or in the hallways at school. But the sophomore is optimistic on her outlook, as she is not letting the events that transpired transform her point of view moving forward.

“It is very different, but I think that I’ll pull through,” she said. “And I have already by continuing to do things I like to do instead of just giving up.”

In addition to soccer and gymnastics, Grant also loves to ski in the winter, which she plans to do often this year with friends.

Her peers have also been supportive of Grant in lieu of her accident. While some offer condolences, others go out of their way to try and cheer her up the best way they know how.

“They’ll pretend that they only have one eye,” she said. “They’ll cover one eye or close it and just kind of walk around like that.”

According to Grant’s mother, the doctors have instructed Grant to wear protective eyewear when participating in any extracurricular activities. The glasses are knows as Rec Specs, which are similar to the eyewear mandated by the Maine Principals’ Association for field hockey players to wear.

Shannon said both she and her daughter are taking things one step at a time and added how stoic Grant has been throughout the process.

“She overcomes everything and anything that’s thrown at her,” the mother said of her daughter. “She’s been through a lot.”

In addition to September’s accident, Grant also had open-heart surgery two years ago after her doctor had found she had a heart murmur in addition to “a large hole in my heart and a few other small ones,” which were patched up with the subsequent surgery. Last year they opened her up again to take out some dissolving wire, which had not dissolved and was causing irritation.

“I keep moving on, but sometimes I feel like I have really bad luck,” Grant said.

Grant is not only a strong soccer player, but an accomplished gymnast as well, where she is currently a Level 8 gymnast who trains at Leaps N Bounds in Fairfield.

And she does not plan to give up either.

Grant has aspirations to participate in both soccer and gymnastics at the collegiate level, if given the opportunity. Grant has participated in gymnastics since third grade and soccer since first grade, and clearly has not missed a beat along the way.

In gymnastics she participates in bars, beams, vault and floor routines and has won state championships at the lower level in her ascending to a Level 8. She added that the beam and floor routines have proved most challenging recently due to her limited depth perception.

“I’m very determined,” she said. “I don’t like to let anybody down and I don’t like to let myself down.”

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.