What a glorious day and way to start the high school field hockey season in style — namely, with a competitive, 60-plus-minute, stick-to-stick battle by Mount View and Oceanside to demonstrate the Mustangs and Mariners are ready and willing to cage success this fall.

The Waldo and Knox county opponents battled for 60 minutes of regulation and four minutes and 38 seconds of overtime to determine a winner.

At that point when the ball banged in the back of the cage the visiting Mustangs of Thorndike had earned a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory.

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The host Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the second half  before the Mustangs tied it on a penalty stroke. That is how the contest stood until Mount View tallied the deciding goal with 3:22 left in the eight-minute, seven-on-seven overtime period.

Emma Young, assisted by Colette Black and Maria Prothero, scored for Oceanside, while Brianna Tripp scored on a penalty stroke and Sophia King tallied the game-winner in overtime. Alexa Coffin also had an assist for the visitors.

Overall play was somewhat even as both teams had scoring chances; however, Mount View dominated in time spent near the Mariner cage as they finished with a whopping 12-0 edge in penalty corners.

Alexa Barstow, who had several saves, played in goal for Oceanside and Thurston Illingworth, who had one save on two shots, for the Mustangs.

After an evenly-played, scoreless first half, the Mariners scored at 19:48 of the second half as Emma Young, assisted by Black and Prothero, knocked the ball into the cage.

At 18:02 of the second half, Mount View was awarded a penalty stroke after a Mustang shot headed for the goal hit an Oceanside defender's leg. Tripp went to the right side with a beautiful flick on the stroke to beat Barstow.

In OT, at 3:22 on a penalty corner, the initial shot was saved and before the Mariners could clear the ball. Coffin's initial shot found King's stick and she pushed it past Barstow for the win.

"Both teams played very well for a season-opener and I am very pleased with my team’s effort," said Oceanside coach Joanna Hall. "We certainly wanted to get the win, but I am proud of how the girls played and we will work hard and build upon all the positives that were evident on the field today.

"All of the young ladies from both teams gave their best on the field today and showed that they have been working hard. Hats off to Mount View for getting the win and I feel both teams should have good seasons ahead."

Oceanside won the junior varsity game 2-1. Dakota Jones scored for Mount View, with an assist from Mckenzie Kunesh. For the Mariners, Colette Black and Winter Adams tallied goals.