High school boys soccer

Dream season for Mustangs ends in quarterfinal loss to Hawks

No. 3 Mount View blanked at home by No. 6 Hermon in regional tournament
By Mark Haskell | Oct 30, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Cassidy Pound (10) and Hermon's Joel Bergeron (21), among others, on Oct. 27 in a high school boys soccer game in Thorndike. The Hawks beat the Mustangs 2-0 in a Class B North quarterfinal playoff game.

Thorndike — The Mount View boys soccer team experienced a dream season this fall, winning 13-of-14 regular-season contests and netted one of the top seeds for the Class B North playoffs.

However, the No. 3 Mustangs welcomed one of the hottest teams in the region — No. 6 Hermon — for their quarterfinal playoff on Friday afternoon, Oct. 27.

In the end, the Hawks flew high as they netted a pair of early goals and, ultimately, corralled the mighty Mustangs, soaring to a 2-0 victory.

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With the win, Hermon (10-5-1) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Washington Academy of East Machias (12-2-1). The Hawks and Raiders split two matches this season, as the Raiders earned a 6-1 win on Sept. 23 in East Machias and the Hawks netted a 4-3 win on Oct. 14 in Hermon.

Washington Academy, new to Class B this year, won state Class C championships in 2015 and 2016.

Mount View saw its stellar campaign — which included a berth in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game — wrap at 14-2. The team also earned a 2-1 prelim playoff win over No. 14 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (8-6-1).

Hermon also beat No. 11 John Bapst of Bangor (5-9-1) 6-1 in a prelim playoff game.

“We really strongly focus on not worrying about our opponent, but worrying about ourselves,” said Hermon coach Harry Dieuveuil. “And that’s the thing we can control and the coaching staff has been preaching that throughout the entire year. We just preach ‘The road to execution is played with repetition’ and we just keep working.”

Tyler Hawes and Caleb Cianchette netted goals in the win for Hermon, both early in the first half.

Hawes creased the net with 35:49 remaining in the first half when he fired a shot from outside that deflected off a Mount View player and into the net.

Minutes later, off a Hermon throw-in, Cianchette won a 50-50 ball from a Mount View defender “then the keeper came out, it was right on the near side here and it went over his head,” said Dieuveuil.

“We got off to a slow start,” said Mount View coach Dale Hustus. “We got a couple unlucky breaks with a couple balls that ended up in the back of the net. We came out after halftime, though, and absolutely dominated that second half of this game. The boys played with a lot of heart and a lot of balls were ‘Oh so close’ to the net. And they just continued to do the right things.”

Hermon held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Max Tomlin made 15 saves in net for Mount View, while Wyatt Butler made 12 saves in goal for Hermon.

While the Mustangs ultimately did not crease the net, they had their share of opportunities in the second half, including a few chances early on by Noah Jacobs, the latter of who was stopped by the fingertip of Butler after a terrific diving effort.

Dieuveuil said Butler — who has been playing in goal since senior keeper Isaac Varney was injured during a previous game against Washington Academy — deserved a share of the credit in Friday’s win.

“He stepped up and he played a great game,” the coach said.

Dieuveuil said the Hawks “had a lull,” but won six of their final seven games heading into the postseason — which increased to eight of its last nine following Friday’s win.

Mount View also had a chance to cut its deficit in half with about eight minutes to play when a Mustang defender made a well-timed pass over the midfield and onto the foot of Logan Curtis, who had an impending one-on-one with Butler.

But Curtis had a bit too much oomph on his dribble and passed it straight ahead to Butler, who gobbled up the Mustang scoring chance.

Despite their season coming to a close, Hustus said he “couldn’t be more proud of the boys,” particularly since their only goal after not making the playoffs last year — was to qualify for the regional tournament.

“Hermon did exactly what they should of,” Hustus said. “They packed that backfield right full [after taking an early lead] and just said, ‘Nope get it out of here.’ And even with nine, 10 guys back there in the box, we still had our opportunities. We didn’t convert them, and that’s something we’ll have to work on going into next year.”

Mount View's Andrew Savoy (21). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Damien Doughty. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Josh Larrabee (18) and Hermon's James Petersen (10). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Josh Larrabee (18) and Hermon's James Petersen (10). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Andrew Savoy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs and Hermon's Parker Hawes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Max Tomlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hermon's Cody Hawes and Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hermon's Kaleb Cianchette and Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Cassidy Pound. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Cassidy Pound. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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