It was a perfect day for a high school soccer doubleheader Saturday and the fact that Mount View was hosting Belfast, longtime Waldo County rivals, made it all the better.

The boys contest was a showdown of solid 3-1 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B squads, while the girls game was a battle of young teams looking to realize early-season success.

When the games had finished, the squads had earned a split, with the Mount View boys jumping to a three-goal first-half lead and holding that cushion en route to a 3-0 win. The girls game, as expected, came down to the wire, with visiting Belfast winning 2-1, as all three goals came in the first 40 minutes.

The Mount View boys improved to 4-1 and the Belfast girls 2-3. The BAHS boys dropped to 3-2 and Mustang girls to 0-5. The county rivalry will be renewed on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Belfast, when the girls play at 11 a.m. and boys at 1 p.m.

Boys game

Mount View controlled the play in the first half and that resulted in three-goal cushion that the visiting Lions could not rebound from.

In the first 40 minutes, Aaron Elkins scored two goals and Zoli Kertesz one, while Kertesz, Nic Stewart and Trevor Diemer added assists for Mount View.

Elkins scored, on Kertesz’s assist, at the 37:03-mark, just 2:57 into the game to set the tone for the hosts. Elkins added his second goal of the half, on an assist from Stewart, with 23:02 left. The final goal of the opening 40 minutes, and 80-minute game, came from Kertesz, assisted by Diemer, with 12:09 remaining.

Mount View held a 17-4 edge in shots and 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Chris Montminy had three saves in the Mustang net and Sam Kulikowski eight stops for Belfast.

Girls game

The host Mustangs and Lions looked to earn a much-needed early-season win and were on the offensive in the first half.

Ashley Littlefield scored on a direct kick with 9:09 left in the opening half to put Belfast ahead 1-0. However, Mustang Mikell Grant answered one minute later on a goal, assisted by Morgan Clifford.

The eventual game-winner came from Natalie Calligan on an unassisted goal with five minutes left.

So, in a four-minute span of the first half, the teams combined for three goals, but were unable to crease the net the remaining 71 minutes of the game.

Mount View held an 18-5 edge in shots and both teams took two corner kicks. Amanda Larrabee made one save in the Mustang goal and Forrest Munson 13 stops in the Lion net.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.