For decades, Mount View and Belfast have forged a friendly and healthy — but highly-competitive — high school athletic rivalry, one that has had its ebbs and flows for the Mustangs and Lions.

Some years, one school or the other has teams that can consistently beat their Waldo County neighbor. But the meetings always provide fun, adrenaline-filled and often emotional atmospheres.

That again was the case on Saturday, Sept. 15.

But, for this day, an perhaps this fall, the Mustangs sent a loud, clear message they deserve, for now, county bragging rights on the soccer pitch as they held clear advantages over the Lions in back-to-back homecoming matches.

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In fact, Mount View recorded a couple of lopsided shutouts over the Lions.

The boys game was scoreless at halftime before the unbeaten Mustangs galloped into high offensive gear over the final 40 minutes. The girls game was fairly tight for the first half, as well.

The Mount View girls earned a 6-0 win in the first game before the Mustang boys used a second-half goal barrage to nail down a 5-0 victory.

The games were played in front of large, vocal, supportive crowds.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North boys, Mount View (5-0, 16.2245 points) is third and Belfast (2-3, 2.6531 points) 16th. Hermon (3-1-2, 22.9592 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North girls, Mount View (3-1, 10.4082 points) is ninth and Belfast (0-4, no points) tied for 19th. Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (4-1-1, 20.8418 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls soccer

On Sept. 15 at Thorndike, the Mustangs proved too fast and talented for the Lions and galloped away with the victory. Mount View led 2-0 at halftime and added four second-half goals.

Sage Pound and Ari Allen netted two goals and Hannah Coolen and Gabby Allen one. Abbi Downer chipped in two assists, while Coolen added another.

Mount View dominated in most aspects, as it finished with a 21-6 edge in shots and 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Zoe Mayhew and Hailey Croteau combined for five saves in the Mustang goal, while Shera Hilt and Sydni Moores combined to make 11 stops in net for the Lions.

The hosts took a 2-0 first-half lead when Pound scored in the 20th minute, on an assist from Downer. Ari Allen netted a goal at the 31st minute, on an assist from Coolen.

It was all Mustangs in the second half as they simply moved almost effortlessly to the net for shot attempts. Gabby Allen scored in the 47th minute, Coolen the 48th minute and Ari Allen in the 53rd minute, all unassisted. Pound added the final goal, off another Downer assist, in the 57th minute.

"We came out with a lot of intensity and energy today and Belfast matched it in the first half," said Mount View coach David Page. "But we found our finishing form in the second half and we were able to roll a lot of girls in today. I think that wore them out a bit down the stretch, but credit to coach [Brian] Beaulieu and his girls, they battled all game and made us work right to the final whistle."

Boys soccer

On Sept. 15 at Thorndike, the first half was a hard-fought, stalemate battle, as the Lions hit the post with a shot and the Mustangs had a bundle of offensive surges, only to come up empty.

That all changed in the second half as Mount View started to connect the dots — and teammate-to-teammate passes — to pull away.

For the Mustangs, Noah Jacobs, Elijah Allen, Draedyn Furrow, Darrett Fowler and Cassidy Pound scored goals, while Pound added two assists and Jacobs and Matt Overlock one.

Ricky Nelson had two saves on five shots in goal for the Mustangs and Logan McHaney 10 saves on 30 shots for Belfast. McHaney's stellar play in the first-half help keep the hard-charging Mustangs off the board.

The second-half scoring for Mount View came from Jacobs, assisted by Pound, at 35:46; Elijah Allen, assisted by Noah Jacobs, at 18:30; Furrow, assisted by Pound, at 15:29; Fowler, unassisted at 10 minutes; and Pound, assisted by Overlock, at 8:57.