There were several notes jotted on the whiteboard of Mount View girls soccer coach David Page prior to his No. 7 Mustangs’ Class B North prelim playoff game on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20 against No. 10 Ellsworth.

The most significant of which, perhaps, was simple: “Playoff intensity. Bring it.”

Those words clearly struck a chord with the ‘Stangs as the hosts rose to the occasion to the tune of three first-half goals and held the Eagles grounded throughout the 80-minute affair en route to a 3-0 home high school pitch playoff victory.

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With the win, Mount View (11-4) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will play at No. 2 Hermon (12-1-1) on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

The Mustangs and Hawks did not play each other during the regular season, but the ‘Stangs are more than familiar as the Hawks have eliminated them from the playoffs two of the last three years.

Ellsworth saw its season wrap at 7-8.

In Saturday's playoff game, Mount View held a 14-8 lead in shots and 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Zoe Mayhew made eight saves in goal for the ‘Stangs — including a penalty shot in the second half — while Kylie Robidoux made five saves in net for the Eagles.

Ari Allen, Gabby Allen and Sage Pound netted scores for the ‘Stangs, while Shala Davis and Abbi Downer chipped in assists.

Playoff intensity is what coach Page stressed during practices before Saturday's game, particularly after Mount View saw its six-game win streak snapped by Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the final game of the regular season.

“We really came out flat on Tuesday over in Foxcroft and I told the girls for Foxcroft, that was a play-in game,” said Mount View coach David Page. “If they didn’t win, they were out. They played with playoff intensity Tuesday and we didn’t. And we talked a lot this week about making sure we brought that playoff intensity.”

“We had really high intensity the whole game,” said Mayhew of the playoff clash with Ellsworth. “We came in confident knowing that if we played our best that we could dominate the game. And I think that’s what we did.”

The first goal came a mere 4:01 into the contest and began off a Mount View throw-in by Downer, which went off the head of an Ellsworth player and past the end line for a corner kick.

Gabby Allen chipped the kick on frame that rattled off Davis and an Ellsworth defender — and to the foot of Ari Allen — who creased the net to put the hosts up 1-0 early.

Then, with 22:27 to go in the half, Gabby Allen took a pass from Downer and netted a goal from a tough angle near the endline between Robidoux and the near post to double Mount View’s advantage.

Pound increased the Mustang advatnage off a breakaway goal with 15:44 remaining in the half.

The Mustangs also benefited throughout the contest from the play of Mayhew in net, and nearly found themselves down 1-0 in the game’s opening minutes.

An early Ellsworth shot — aided by the swirling winds that had impacted the Mount View boys 1-0 playoff win over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro immediately prior more prominently — caught a gust that brought Mayhew backwards off her line and airborne to prevent a would-be Eagle goal.

“When I first hit it, it hit the crossbar and I thought it had went in,” Mayhew said. “And then I saw it land in front of me and a girl running so I just dove on the ball and I ended up grabbing it before she could kick it.”

“She got a fingertip on that one to get it off that crossbar and not in the back of the net,” said Page. “She came of her line a lot [for 50/50 balls today] and she’s only a sophomore.”

Then, late in the second half, Mayhew stoned a penalty kick, along with a few other high-profile saves — including a one-on-one with an Ellsworth player — to keep the visitors off the board.

“She won me over,” said Page of his keeper during summer tryouts. “I’d seen her play the summer and she comes every day and she’s like, ‘What do I need to work on? I need to work on high balls. I need to do this or that.’ She knows what she needs to do and she’s a really smart kid.”

Page added that Mayhew’s hard work in goal has allowed him to move Shala Davis — one of the team’s more versatile players and last season’s starting goalie — out of the net and out onto the field.

“That’s been big for us,” he said. “Having someone like Shala in the midfield. But Zoe has done awesome back there and she’s making big saves for us.”

Now, the Mustangs hope to exercise some demons against the Hawks, which have knocked them out of the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

And the ‘Stangs are not going to try and reinvent the wheel: They are going to do what got them to double-digit regular-season victories.

“If we play hard, compete and we stay physical and aggressive then we’re usually pretty successful,” said Page. “We just have to make sure our wings and our midfield gets back and covers up defensively a little bit better and I think we’ll surprise some people.”

“We know Hermon’s a really good team this year,” Mayhew said. “They were undefeated for most of the season, but if we play our hardest, I think we have a chance of showing them that we can hang with them.”