Much was on the line Tuesday afternoon as 14 high school field hockey players marched back onto the field to start the overtime session as Oceanside hosted Mount View of Thorndike in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B early-season showdown.

Energy ran high for both squads, despite both the Mariners and Mustangs having each played contests 24 hours prior on Monday. However, when push came to shove, it was Mount View that found a way.

The Mustangs (6-2) converted with less than a minute remaining in the first eight-minute overtime as senior Mercedes Reynolds found the back of the cage to propel the visitors to the thrilling 1-0 win.

The teams had played 67 minutes of scoreless hockey before Reynolds decided the matter in the Heal Point-worthy affair.

Overtime is played 7-on-7, including the two goalies, for 14 total players, while regulation high school field hockey is 11-on-11, including the two goalies, for 22 total players. This change creates much more space to move during the overtimes.

On Tuesday, Ciara Smalley made 18 saves in the cage for Oceanside (3-4), while Abbie Charrier had three saves in goal for Mount View. The Mustangs, who were ranked No. 1 in Eastern Class B last year and advanced to the regional final, outshot the Mariners 17-3 and held a 14-3 advantage in penalty corners.

One of those penalty corners turned out to be the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in overtime when junior Abby Stubbs, who does not typically insert, was called on to do so.

Stubbs inserted the ball to teammate Brittany Masessa, who quickly put the ball on goal, but it deflected off the goalie and back out onto the stick of Stubbs.

She then made a quick cross to Reynolds, who beat the Mariner goalie for the only score of the contest with 50 seconds remaining in overtime.

“I don’t usually insert, but Delainey Kein was really tired so she said, ‘Okay, Abby you take the insert,’ ” said Stubbs, who picked up her first assist in the win. “Then I sent it to Brittany [Masessa] at the top and it deflected off the goalie and I crossed it and Mercedes Reynolds hit it in. It was just an awesome play.”

“She said, ‘I was so nervous coach,’ but she can hit it and push it hard,” said Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. “So she pushed it out and it popped back, then she crossed it [to Reynolds] and it went in.”

Hewett was happy for her squad, adding that her team is really coming together after having lost two of its first three games of the season.

“This is the best game I’ve seen my players play [this season],” Hewett said. “It’s starting to finally feel like Mount View [field hockey] with all my changes and new players, they started to really play well together today.”

Despite the loss, Oceanside coach Joanna Hall felt her team played as well as they could against a team that was in the Eastern Maine finals one year ago.

“I can’t think of [one of my] players that didn’t have a good game today,” Hall said. “We played as a team, everyone played well and we played hard for a full 60 minutes and then some. It was just great to see such a high level of play on both teams to come out and play this game so well.”

The Mariners also played a sensational game defensively, particularly Smalley, who helped hold the Mustangs at bay before the heads-up Mustang offense scored the game-winner.

“She had an incredible game,” said Hall of Smalley. “I’m just so proud of her. She had some incredible saves today and she’s the big reason why we were able to take it to overtime.”

Both Midcoast squads also played makeup games road games Monday. The games originally were scheduled for Sept. 15, but moved to Sept. 16 and then to Sept. 19.

Mustangs blank Shipbuilders

Mount View 4, Morse 0 … At Bath Monday, the ‘Stangs secured their fifth win of the season and fourth shutout with a convincing win over the Shipbuilders.

Reynolds, Anna Tsomides, Braley Leadbetter and Kein all scored goals for Mount View, Tsomides also had two assists in the win.

Charrier played in goal for Mount View and contested no shots, while Morse goalie Alice Henquist made 30 saves. The Mustangs outshot the Shipbuilders 34-0 in the win. Additionally, the Mount View junior varsity earned a 4-0 win over Morse.

Leavitt shuts down Oceanside

Leavitt 2, Oceanside 0 … At Turner Monday, the Hornets stung the visiting Mariners with two second-half goals en route to victory.

Casey Fitcher had a goal and an assist for Leavitt, while Sadie Boyer added the other goal and Brianna Degone an assist.

Smalley made 12 saves in the cage for Oceanside, while Taylor Eells had 10 saves for Leavitt. The Hornets outshot the Mariners 14-10, while the visitors held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.

The jayvee game ended in a 1-1 tie. Scoring for Oceanside was Trittany Penn, assisted by Lily Feltus.

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