Saturday’s high school field hockey contest between Mount View and Nokomis of Newport felt like more than an early-season matchup, and more like a game with considerable playoff implications for next month’s Eastern Class B  playoffs.

After all, the Mustangs and Warriors did meet in last year’s regional final, with Nokomis coming away with a 1-0 win to claim the Eastern Class B title.

Unfortunately for the ‘Stangs, little changed in Saturday’s contest, as the defending state Class B champion Warriors (1-0-1) emerged with a 1-0 decision over the hosts in a game decided less than a minute into overtime.

The Mustangs (1-1) committed an obstruction penalty in the Warrior end, which resulted in a penalty stroke. The ball was inserted by the Warriors and Marissa Shaw found Leah Edmundson, who fired a shot on goal that deflected off the arm of Mount View goalie Abbie Charrier and into the cage for the game-winner a mere 59 seconds into extra time.

“The overtime did take us by surprise and inexperience cost us the game,” said veteran Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. “I used a different setup from last year and because Nokomis won the pass back to start overtime they capitalized on getting the ball down the field quickly with a hard hit to our non-stick side and we just didn’t react fast enough to be in good defensive position and that is where inexperience cost us.”

The game was a back-and-forth affair between two of the top teams in the region and looked to be heading to a dramatic end in regulation when the Mustangs stormed down the field and a Nokomis infraction resulted in a penalty corner for the hosts with no time remaining on the clock.

Mount View’s Andrea Smith inserted the ball, but the hosts could not convert, sending the game to overtime.

Saturday was the second game in three days for the Warriors facing off against a talented Waldo County squad, with Nokomis battling Belfast to a 1-1 tie in Newport Sept. 1.

“It’s nice to get a win at the beginning of the season, and we’ve opened up against two of the strongest teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference [Class B division],” said Nokomis coach Katie Thompson. “We knew both [Waldo County] teams were going to be really tough and we knew we had our work cut out for us, so I’m glad we came away with a win [today] and a tie [against Belfast Thursday]. It’s a great start to the season.”

Charrier made eight saves for Mount View, while Mustang senior defender Anna Piotti made two player saves as well in the tough-luck loss, including “an unbelievable save with her stick from about waist high,” according to Hewett. Kendra Underhill made five saves in the cage for the Warriors, who held a 5-3 edge in penalty corners.

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