Mount View has been one of the best high school boys soccer teams in Eastern Class B all season, evident by the Mustangs’ 11 wins against only three losses, two of which were one-goal defeats.

That fact again was on display Saturday afternoon as the No. 4 Mustangs welcomed No. 12 Caribou to town for a regional preliminary round playoff game.

For the Vikings, who traveled 210 miles to play the game, it likely was a long bus ride home.

The Mustangs tallied four goals from four different players and did not let up throughout the 80-minute game to preserve the shutout and advance to the next round of the playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Vikings (5-10).

The win propels the ‘Stangs (12-3) into the Eastern Class B quarterfinals, where they will travel to face No. 4 Winslow (11-3) on Wednesday Oct. 26, time to be determined. Mount View dropped a 3-2 decision to the Black Raiders Oct. 12 in Thorndike in the only meeting of the regular season between the two squads.

In Saturday’s prelim playoff game, Mount View senior Aaron Elkins had three assists to lead the hosts, while James Philbrick, Zoli Kertesz, Kyle Turner and Tim Bennett each creased the net in the victory.

Chris Montminy made five saves in net for the Mustangs, while Matt Manter made eight saves for the Vikings. Mount View outshot Caribou 15-8, while the visitors held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

While the game was a shutout win for the hosts, goalie play was strong for both squads as Montminy and Manter each played well and recorded several high-quality saves.

“That was probably one of his better games,” said Mount View coach Chris Hink of his keeper. “That’s good. It’s nice to have your keeper step up that big in a playoff situation. When you’re making those kinds of saves, it’s nice and he always steps up to the challenge.”

Hink said Caribou players “worked their tails off” and have “a bunch of quick, little guys that can really play some soccer.”

Mount View wasted little time getting on the board Saturday when Elkins found Philbrick for the game’s first tally 3:26 into the game, while Kertesz had a pretty left-footed volley from the middle of the field and fired a 35-yard strike to beat Manter to put the hosts ahead 2-0 with eight minutes left in the half.

Montminy made a save off a corner kick among a sea of players late in the second half and got the ball ahead of the pack to Kertesz, who beat a pair of Viking defenders in the midfield and made a run at the goal. Kertesz dumped the ball to Elkins, who fired a shot from close range, but Manter made a diving save to send the ball across the end line.

On the ensuing corner kick, Elkins served the ball on net and it found the head of the 6-foot-1-inch Turner, who popped the ball in with 11:42 left to essentially put the game out of reach for the visitors.

“It was just a basic corner kick and we have our little model where I go to the center because I can basically get up pretty high and I can head the ball pretty hard,” said Turner. “If it comes to me I’m going to try to head it in the goal.”

“They moved well off each other [on that sequence], which is something they didn’t really do in the first half,” said Hink. “They picked up the pace a little bit more in the second half and did a nice job.”

Elkins then had an opportunity to score one of his own goals as he streaked ahead of the pack and had a 1-on-1 with Manter, but the keeper came out to meet him and made the stop. Bennett then came in from the left side on the deflection and touched in the host’s fourth and final goal.

Moments later the Mustangs were awarded a penalty kick, but Manter made a clutch save on a shot to the right by Cody Downer.

Now the Mustangs have the task of heading to Winslow to try to avenge one of their three losses on the season. The two teams are familiar with one another and the game has the makings to be a classic postseason confrontation between Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B foes.

“We know their players and we know what they do,” said Hink. “Now it’s just a matter of going out and executing really. It’s going to be a battle. They’re tough. They’re good, we just have to be better.”

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