After rain washed out the Sept. 24 games between the two Waldo County high school athletic rivals, the Belfast and Mount View soccer teams got to play under the lights in a pair of prime time games Monday night, Sept. 26 at Dennis Bryant Field.

The Waldo County showdowns proved to be exciting contests, particularly the boys game, which went down to the wire and saw the visiting Mustangs escape with a 3-2, double-overtime victory over Belfast.

The Lion girls defended their home field in the early game Monday, picking up a 2-0 decision over the winless Mustangs.

About a week ago in Thorndike, the Mount View boys beat Belfast 4-0 and the Belfast girls downed Mount View 2-1.

All four teams played again 24 hours later, with the Mount View and Belfast boys winning, and the Mount View girls losing (the score of the Belfast game was unavailable). Information on those games will appear in a separate story.

Boys game

Monday’s showdown between the Lions and Mustangs was one that Waldo County residents will be talking about for some time, with the two rivals battling to the bitter end and the visitors coming away with a thrilling win in double-overtime.

The game was scoreless for nearly the entire first half, before Mount View’s Tim Bennett executed his second consecutive corner kick, finding the head of teammate James Philbrick, who directed the ball past Lion goalie Tyler Baker with 3:19 left.

Down by one goal at halftime, the Lions roared out of the gate and quickly responded after Scott Kulikowski got free on a breakaway and beat Mustang keeper Chris Montminy a mere 4:24 into the second half to knot the score.

The goals came fast and furious over the next four minutes, with Mustang Zoli Kertesz scoring top shelf on a 40-yard strike, assisted by Cody Downer, to give the visitors a 2-1 lead with 33:49 remaining. Kulikowski then got away from the Mustang defense for the second time in as many minutes to score another breakaway, unassisted goal with 32:51 left.

Both teams went scoreless through the remainder of regulation and the first five-minute overtime, while the visitors got the game-winner with 3:25 left in the second OT after Aaron Elkins took a Kertesz pass and scored from 30 yards out to the top shelf of the far post, sending the Mount View faithful into a frenzy.

Baker made four saves on 11 shots in goal for Belfast, while Montminy had two saves on 10 shots for the Mustangs. Mount View also held a 5-4 edge in penalty corners.

Mount View (7-1, 35.5357 points) is fifth in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Belfast (5-3, 20.3571 points) is ninth in the 18-team region. Camden Hills (8-0, 55.3571 points) is first in the 18-team region.

Girls game

The Lions and Mustangs played back and forth without a score for nearly 30 minutes before the hosts finally got on the board, when Emma Bonneville dribbled past a couple of Mustang defenders and beat Amanda Larrabee for the game’s first score with 11:15 remaining. The two squads went scoreless for the remainder of the first half, leaving the Lions up 1-0 at halftime.

The Mustangs would not go away and had their share of scoring chances, including when Mikell Grant and Lion goalie Forrest Munson were each charging for a 50/50 ball and both the ball and Grant slipped past Munson roughly 18 yards from the net.

However, Munson spun and snatched the ball before Grant could dribble in for the easy score to keep the Mustangs off the board.

Bonneville creased the net for the second time with seven minutes left in regulation to give the Lions a much-needed insurance goal as the hosts held on for the win.

Munson made four saves on 12 shots in goal for Belfast, while Larrabee made two saves on five shots in the net for Mount View. The Mustangs also held a 3-2 edge in penalty corners.

Belfast (2-5, 1.4286 points) is 16th in Eastern Class B, while Mount View (0-8, no points) is 18th (last) in the 18-team region. Caribou (8-0-1, 53.6352 points) is first in Eastern Class B.

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