FORT KENT — There will be a new champion in Class C North.

Riding a 22-game win streak, the No. 3 Mount View boys soccer team trekked 223 miles north to battle No. 2 Fort Kent in the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 29.

The Mustangs and Warriors were knotted 1-1 after 40 minutes, but the Warriors kept the ‘Stangs off the board in the second half — and added two scores of their own — and emerged with a 3-1 win.

With the win, No. 2 Fort Kent (14-2) advances to the regional championship game, where it will face No. 1 Orono (13-0-1).

Mount View, which defeated No. 14 Houlton 8-0 in the prelim round and No. 6 Sumner of Sullivan 5-1 in the quarterfinal round, saw its season wrap at 16-1.

The Mustangs’ last loss was in the state Class C championship to Waynflete of Portland 719 days ago on Nov. 9, 2019.

Will Roy netted two goals — one in each half — to lead Fort Kent on Friday, while Austin Delisle added one. Noah Hurd had the lone score for Mount View.

“We played well,” said Mount View coach Jeremy Von Oesen. “We gave up two uncharacteristic goals. One was a miscommunication and the other was from a little far out, but one Declan [Knowlton] usually has. Fort Kent defended well, but the pitch was pretty beat up and made it difficult for Draedyn [Furrow] and Noah [Hurd] to play one-two passing and slowed them down in possession. Fort Kent played very well.”

The Warriors got on the board quickly, creasing the net with 36:13 to go in the first half when Delisle scored, on an assist from Ethan Daigle. But the Mustangs responded when Hurd was left unmarked in the front of the net and beat the Fort Kent keeper from close range with 30:04 to play.

That score held until halftime as the teams battled back-and-forth before Roy’s two second-half goals helped the Warriors pull away.

Knowlton made five saves in net for Mount View, while Drew Deschane made four saves in goal for Fort Kent. The hosts held an 8-6 edge in shots.

Mustangs gallop past Tigers

Mount View did nothing it has not done this fall during its Class C North quarterfinal home playoff game with No. 6 Sumner of Sullivan on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

The game was up in the air in the early going — due in part to the swirling winds that plagued the opponents through much of the first half — but the Mustangs got supreme offensive efforts from many of their usual suspects and pulled away from the Tigers late en route to a 5-1 win.

Mount View’s Levi Winslow. Photo by Mark Haskell

On Wednesday, in a game that had been scheduled on the turf at Hampden Academy on Tuesday night, Oct. 26 before being postponed due to high winds, Furrow had a goal in each half for Mount View and added one assist. Furrow has a whopping 33 goals on the campaign, including a goal in the team’s prelim playoff win against No. 14 Houlton.

Mount View’s Draedyn Furrow. Photo by Mark Haskell

Hurd also added two scores and Tyler Russell one, while Vern Smith added two assists and Russell one.

Eduardo Figueroa had the goal for the Tigers.

Mount View held a 12-4 edge in shots.

Mount View’s Zach Suitor, left, and Sumner’s Connor Kelley. Photo by Mark Haskell

Knowlton made three saves in goal for the ‘Stangs, while Angel Valencia had six stops in net for the Tigers.

The foes struggled with the swirling winds in the early going, but settled before Furrow got the Mustangs on the board with 26:41 to go when he took a pass from Smith and beat a Tiger defender and Valencia to put the hosts ahead 1-0.

The Tigers knotted the score five minutes later when Figueroa beat Knowlton to the upper-90 at the 21:47-mark, but Russell put the ‘Stangs ahead for good when he put a shot on frame from just outside the 18-yard line that bounced off the keeper’s hands and bounded into the net with 18:16 left in the half.

Sumner did not quit and continued to apply pressure in the second half, but one defensive lapse in the midfield led to a breakaway goal for Hurd — off the sure foot of Smith — with 26:08 left to give Mount View a 3-1 edge.

Furrow and Hurd added their second goals in the minutes to follow.