For 60 hard-fought minutes Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, two of the most talented Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B high school field hockey teams battled in an intense, back-and-forth, evenly-played midseason contest, with both looking for that elusive break that would separate them from a tough opponent.

Host Mount View found — and created — that break about 10 minutes into the second half by converting a penalty stroke and staved off a late Oceanside push to knot the score in a 1-0 victory over the Mariners of Rockland/Thomaston.

The Mustangs and Mariners again are in the midst of solid campaigns, with each looking to earn spots back into the Eastern Class B playoffs. Mount View is a perennial regional playoff contender, while Oceanside qualified for the postseason last year in the school's first season.

On Thursday, Kersey Boulay converted a penalty stroke with 21:50 left in the second half to lift the hosts to the win. Boulay used a high, hard shot that sailed over the shoulder of Oceanside goalie Zoe Billington and into the back of the cage.

The Mustangs were awarded a stroke when Oceanside defender Amanda Hoppe, standing near the goal line behind the goalie, raised her stick above her shoulders to stop a ball that was headed for the cage.

It was simply an athlete reacting quickly, during heavy action, in an attempt to stop the ball. If the shot was blocked with the stick by the Mariner with the stick positioned below the shoulders, that would have been a legal play, and no penalty stroke would have been awarded.

It is common practice in field hockey to position a defender near the goal line behind goalie, who has come out to meet the play, during heavy action in that area.

Both teams had chances to score throughout the competitive game, but the goalies proved tough in front of the cage. Mount View held a 9-5 edge in shots, while Oceanside had six penalty corners to the Mustangs' three.

Abbie Charrier made five saves in goal for Mount View, while Zoey Proctor (first half) and Billington (second half) split time in the cage for the visitors, combining for eight saves. Abby Stubbs also had a player (non goalie) save in the second half for Mount View.

Oceanside pressed hard in the final minutes of the second half to tally the tying goal and had a strong opportunity to do that with 5:21 remaining when Hannah Plourde broke in on Charrier but fired a shot wide of the cage.

The Mariners called a timeout with about minute left to set up one last offensive push up the field for a potential score, but time ran out on the visitors.

This season, Mount View has outscored foes 24-9, with six shutouts, while Oceanside has outscored opponents 19-6, with three shutouts.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (6-2, 16.8112 points) is seventh and Oceanside (4-2-1, 14.8852 points) ninth. Belfast (8-0, 38.5459 points), the defending regional and state champion, is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Mount View defeated Oceanside 6-0 in the junior varsity game. Jordan King scored the first goal unassisted, while Sierra Roberts tallied the second, assisted by Megan Mikel and Ellie Peaslee. The third was scored by Lauren Richards unassisted, while the fourth goal was scored by King and assisted by Krysta Porter. Mount View's fifth goal was scored by Risa Fox unassisted and the sixth by Fox, assisted by King.

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