DOVER-FOXCROFT — Against second-ranked Foxcroft Academy, No. 10 Mount View put forth one if its finest all-around efforts of the 2021 high school field hockey season in a Class C North quarterfinal showdown on the road on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 27.

The Mustangs held the always-talented Ponies to one goal for the majority of the contest — and let up a final score in the game’s waning seconds — as the hosts emerged with a 2-0 win.

Mount View’s Ivory Spaulding, middle, splits the Pony defense. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

Annie Raynes scored with 13:55 to go in the second quarter, while Reece McCarthy caged an insurance goal with two seconds to go.

Mount View coach Gloria Hewett said: “It was a well-played, well-officiated game all-around.”

“All over the field, [Mount View] worked hard and never let up the pressure to try to unseat the number two team in Class C,” she said. “Keeping them to one goal for the entire game showed our perseverance and our ability to play well against a strong team. We had several strong offensive runs down the field and put the ball to goal each time. We also played the middle well and prevented Foxcroft from dominating the game.”

From left, Mount View’s Sydney Bishop, Sonnie Heath, goalie Ella Sawyer, Greta Ahlefeld and Bella Roberts. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

Hewett said Alexa Coffin, Ivory Spaulding and Greta Ahlefeld “had shots on goal against Foxcroft, but we couldn’t poke one in.”

Ella Sawyer made 25 saves in the cage for the ‘Stangs, while Bella Roberts made four player saves and Sydney Bishop and Ella Dudley one to help keep the score close. Destiny Weymouth made six saves on six shots in goal for the Ponies.

Mount View’s Ivory Spaulding (13) maneuvers the ball, while teammates prepare to assist. In the background are, from left, Mustang goalie Ella Sawyer, Sonnie Heath, MacKenzie Burgess, Greta Ahlefeld, Bella Roberts and Ella Dudley. Photo courtesy of Kate Ahlefeld

The hosts also held a 14-2 edge in penalty corners.

With the win, Foxcroft Academy (11-5) advanced in the playoffs, where the Ponies beat No. 3 Dirigo of Dixfield 2-0 and lost to No. 1 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 2-0.

Mount View, which defeated No. 7 Stearns/Schenck 2-1 in a prelim game that began on Friday, Oct. 22 and resumed on Monday, Oct. 25 after it initially was suspended due to darkness (which meant the Thorndike-based team made two trips to Aroostook County in a few days), saw its season conclude at 8-8.