THORNDIKE — The Mount View field hockey team opened the 2021 regular season on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1 against visiting Orono, and kept the majority of Red Riot players out of the scoring column.

Mount View’s Ella Sawyer, left, and Bella Roberts, middle, as well as Orono’s Sydney Ronco, right. Mark Haskell

With the exception of Sydney Ronco.

Ronco scored a goal in each of the contest’s 15-minute quarters, which proved more than enough for Orono to leave town with a comfortable, 4-1 high school stick victory.

Mount View’s Sydney Bishop, middle, and Orono’s Celia Buetens, left, and Chloe LaBree. In the background is Mustang Greta Ahlefeld (6). Mark Haskell

This season, Mount View does not have a deep bench, a handful of younger players to boot and was missing one key senior starter due to exposure to COVID-19. There was an outbreak at MVHS earlier in the week, which largely affected players on the boys soccer and football teams, but affected other athletic squads as well.

Mount View’s Greta Ahlefeld, right, and Orono’s Landen Parks. Mark Haskell

Ronco scored with 8:23 to go in the first quarter, 10:49 to play in the second, 2:41 remaining in the third and again with 2:28 left in the game.

Ivory Spaulding scored the lone goal for Mount View with 8:42 left in the third quarter, off an assist from Allyee Corson. The hosts trailed 2-0 at halftime.

Ella Sawyer made 20 saves in goal for the Mustangs, while Allison Kelley minded the cage for the Red Riots. Orono also held a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners.

The Mustangs also were downed on the road by Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield — one of top teams in the region and annually in the state championship mix — 18-0 on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Gracie Moore pumped in seven goals and added five assists in the win for MCI, while Trinity Leavitt added five goals; Ella Louder, Jenessa Foster and Ella Bernier two; and Alivia Ward, one. Mount View did not record a shot on goal in the loss.