The No. 2 Hermon girls soccer team can scores goals in waves, as it has done multiple times in a run of Class B North dominance in recent years.

No. 7 Mount View saw that wave first-hand in its high school quarterfinal playoff game with the Hawks on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25 at John P. Boucher Soccer Field at Husson University.

In fact, the wave, by and large, crashed down on top of the hard-working, never-quit, galloping Mustangs.

While the Hawks pumped in four goals in the game’s first 20 minutes, the Mustangs never wavered and made a game of it in the second half before they, ultimately, fell to the higher-ranked opponent 5-3.

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With the win, Hermon (13-1-1) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 3 Winslow (14-1).

Mount View, which defeated No. 10 Ellsworth 3-1 in a prelim playoff game on Saturday, Oct. 20, saw its season conclude at 11-5.

On Thursday, in a makeup from Wednesday due to inclement weather and wet fields, Emily Smith creased the net thrice in the win for the Hawks, while Emily Treat and Mackenzie White also scored for the hosts.

Kaylee Anderson, Arianna Allen and Gabby Allen scored for Mount View, while Shala Davis added an assist.

Zoe Mayhew made nine saves in goal for Mount View, while Bre Oakes made four saves in net for Hermon. The Hawks outshot the ‘Stangs 11-9 and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

Mount View coach Davie Page said, while a loss is never the end result a team strives for, he was impressed “with the way the girls responded after that" that initial Hawk offensive enslaught.

“To get it back to 5-3, that’s an outstanding effort,” he said. “I’m really proud of them.”

Hermon pounced quickly and took a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play off a pair of goals by Smith and another by Treat, while Smith completed her hat trick with 23 minutes to play in the first half as the hosts, ultimately, put the game out of reach early.

“We had a game plan,” said Page. “We knew what we needed to do and I think we’re pretty young back there [on defense] and I think we gave them a little more space than we should have. And they took advantage.”

Making the Mustang battle even more of an uphill climb was they lost forward Gabby Ravin for the game to a wrist injury shortly after the Hawks scored their fourth goal of the contest.

“We had to put people in places they hadn’t played all season and that makes it tougher,” the coach said. “But that is what it is. But like I said, from that point on, I think we played really well.”

And while Mount View did not lead in the game, it did not quit either as Anderson scored for the ‘Stangs with 2:05 left in the half, off an assist from Davis, as the visitors trailed 4-1 at halftime.

The Hawks logged their fifth goal — this time from White — with 34:55 to play, but the Mustangs continued to scrap.

Sage Pound was pushed to the turf, which set up a Mount View direct kick midway through the second half.

Gabby Allen put the shot on frame that deflected off the hands of the Hawk keeper and off the crossbar — and back into the field of play — where Ari Allen stormed in and cleaned up the rebound with 24:07 to play.

Then, in a corner-after-corner scenario, Gabby Allen crossed the ball into the box, which ricocheted off a Hermon player and into the goal with about 20 minutes to play to make the score 5-3.

The Mustangs now have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, and in each of those seasons, they were eliminated by the mighty Hawks. However, Thursday’s loss was the first time the ‘Stangs galloped into the scoring column against Hermon.

“That’s pretty exciting for us,” said Page. “It’s definitely a big step for us. We took a big step last year and I think this is just another step in the evolution of the program. I think we’re going places.”