High school boys soccer

Flyers soar: Waynflete too tough for Mount View in state Class C final

Mustangs earn first regional crown in 40 years, but gold ball not in cards
By Mark Haskell and Ken Waltz | Nov 11, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Joe Grassi makes a throw-in on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth. The Mustangs lost to Waynflete 4-0 in the state Class C championship game at Falmouth High School.

Falmouth — While the Mount View boys soccer team faced and passed most tests during the regular season and regional playoffs, the Mustangs understood the final exam — namely, the state Class C championship game — would be their greatest challenge.

Despite doing its best to prepare, Mount View could not crack the code — or come up with the correct answers — against an incredibly talented and experienced opponent in cold, windy conditions on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9.

Thus, for a Mustang program that played in the state final for the first time since 1980, the quest to bring home the school's first boys state soccer crown was not to be.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Waynflete of Portland (16-2) proved a worthy foe and used a 1-0 halftime lead to catapult itself to a 4-0 win over the Mustangs of Thorndike (15-3) in the championship pitch contest on the artificial turf at Falmouth High School.

With Saturday's win, the Flyers captured their fifth state title and allowed them to defend their 2018 title. They also have six state runner-up finishes.

To earn a spot in the state final, Mount View, a relatively young team with only four seniors, was the North champ and Waynflete the South titlist.

“The boys played hard and gave it their all,” said Mount View coach Jeremy Von Oesen. “But at the end of the day, sometimes your opponent is better than you. And they definitely figured out how to finish, and we didn’t.”

Mount View includes seniors Brennan Grant, Atlas Hubbard, Noah Jacobs and Elijah Allen; juniors Max Eastham, Kevin Kinney, Gunnar Martin, Sean Raven, Joe Grassi, Ruben Schofield, Jake Hamel and Ricky Nelson; sophomores Hayden Porter, Draedyn Furrow, Aiden Hubbard, Cole Ripley, Connor Aitken, Declan Knowlton, Nicholas Finley and Jaden Von Oesen; and freshmen Anthony Lepore, Levi Winslow, Dylan Gallagher, Zachory Suitor, Cameron Rae, Isaac Widmer, Tyler Russell, Logan Strout, Nicholas Cobb and Ryan Oliver. The head coach is Jeremy Von Oesen and assistant coach Art Farris.

Waynflete includes seniors Aidain Carlisle, Oliver Burdick, Luca Antonlini, Ian McClure-Chute, Wyatt Winson and Max Ryan; juniors Owen Anderson, Harry Millispaugh, Ben Adey, Aiden Kieffer, Ilo Holdridge, Ben Tapey, Joey Ansel-Mullen, Patty Shaw and Sam Whippie; sophomores Arnau Phillips, Samir Sayed, Liam Slocomb and Henry Hart; and freshmen Matt Adey and Roan Hopkins. The head coach is Brandon Salway and assistant coaches Michael Johanning and John Meek.

In Saturday's state final, Waynflete dominated play and creased the net once in the first half and three more times in the second.

The Flyers finished with a 15-2 edge in shots and 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Nelson played in goal for the Mustangs and Carlisle for the Flyers.

Ansel-Mullen, Shaw, Kieffer and Sayed netted goals for Waynflete, while Antonlini and Burdick logged assists.

The Mustangs were fired up from the get-go, but found themselves down 1-0 before they could even get their feet underneath them.

Deep in the far corner of Mustang territory, a Mount View defense clear got gobbled up by Antonlini, who, quick as a whip, booted the ball on net to Ansel-Mullen, who touched it past Nelson with 37:34 remaining in the first half.

Mount View was able to keep Waynflete off the scoreboard for the rest of the first half, but the Flyers also were able to pounce on the ‘Stangs in the midfield area before they could generate scoring chances.

“It felt like that final pass we’d need to connect on, they were able to double down on the ball and they back-tackled really well,” said Von Oesen of the Flyers.

“We didn’t generate offense and we didn’t possess enough at times to get to where we needed," the coach said. "Their center back I thought really did a good job. And they were brilliant with tactical fouls in the middle of the field. One yellow card might have slowed them down from tactically fouling in the middle, but at the end of the day, sometimes that doesn’t happen.”

Mount View’s lone scoring chance in the first half came off a direct kick from Elijah Allen with just under a minute to play, which went over the crossbar — and just under the football field-goal post — for a goal kick.

In the second half, the Flyers doubled their lead when Burdick served the ball diagonally across the box from distance to Shaw, who was able to convert a header with a nearly full extension to give Waynflete a 2-0 edge with 29:46 to go.

“That first goal was three minutes in and it was just a misscleared ball that got cleared across to a guy that was wide open in front of the net," Von Oesen said. "And we held it that way for a while, but they possessed more than us, obviously, and I knew they would. I thought we did some good things in the middle of the game and then that header goal they got was really a brilliant, brilliant goal.”

Then, off a corner kick, Kieffer was able to corral a ball bounding in the box — that was initially saved off the head of Allen — and pumped it in with a back-breaking third goal with 23:37 left.

“That third goal we saved it out of the goal a couple of times,” the coach said. "Eli saved it out with a header and it just settled on a guy’s feet and he banged it into the net. They didn’t have a ton of quality chances, but the ones they had, they finished.”

A penalty kick by Sayed with 17:23 to go rounded out the scoring. After the fourth goal, Waynflete opened up its bench to allow reserves time on the pitch.

Von Oesen said Waynflete is “very collegiate-like with their intelligence level and skill level” and that “they do a good job of not having to play a lot of defense.”

“They’re very smart at times to just knock the ball out of bounds if they really did need to or just play a long ball out of bounds and they they could just recover and spread things out. Which is a really smart, smart thing to do. They subbed a ton, which kind of also interrupts any flow of the game. Once they were up 1-0, I think I counted 26 subs in the first half.”

Mount View’s second shot on goal came with about five minutes to play, again off a direct kick from Allen.

The Mustangs, who graduate Allen, Grant, Atlas Hubbard and Jacobs, have a large team. And, while they did not get the win Saturday, Von Oesen said “it’s still a win for the program.”

“They plan is to get back here next year,” he said. “We graduate four great players, but we have some younger players that are already willing to step up. And we start indoor soccer tomorrow at The PITCH [in Warren].”

In the North playoffs, the No. 3 Mustangs defeated No. 6 Central of Corinth 5-2 in the quarterfinals, No. 7 Fort Kent 2-0 in the semifinals and No. 4 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 3-1 in the regional championship.

In the South playoffs, the No. 3 Flyers defeated No. 6 Lisbon of Libon Falls 8-1 in the quarterfinals, No. 7 Traip Academy Kittery 2-0 in the semifinals and No. 4 Maranacook of Readfield 2-0 in the regional championship.

Interestingly, the Mustangs and Flyers were the third seeds in their regions and defeated the same three lower-ranked opponents (sixth, seventh and fourth, in succession) to advance to the state championship game.

The Flyers were not only last year’s state champions, but were state Class C runners-up in 2008 and 2015. In Class D, the Flyers also collected state titles in 2002, 2001 and 1993 and were state runners-up in 2004, 2003, 1992 and 1990.

In addition, Waynflete has not lost a Class C game since the 2017 season, a semifinal playoff defeat against Maranacook.

In the regular season, Mount View outscored opponents 70-10 and 10-3 in the regional playoffs, while the Flyers outscored opponents 51-11 in the regular season and 25-1 in the regional playoffs.

Mount View competed in Class C for the first time. The Mustangs took many foes by surprise in the Class C North playoffs, as the Mustangs playing predominantly a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B schedule.

Overall this season, Mount View was led offensively by Allen (29 goals, 12 assists), Furrow (13 goals, 13 assists), Atlas Hubbard (11 goals, 2 assists), Jacobs (9 goals, 8 assists), Russell (6 goals), Raven (2 goals, assist), Kinney (goal, assist), Joe Grassi (2 goals), Grant (3 goals, 2 assists), Knowlton (2 goals, assist), Schofield (goal) and Nelson (2 assists).

Waynflete, including the state statistics, was led offensively by Ansel-Mullen (13 goals, 12 assists), Burdick (12 goals, 6 assists), McClure-Shute (7 goals, 3 assists) and Antonlini (7 goals, 10 assists) this fall.

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Mount View versus Waynflete boys soccer
Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Mount View High School boys soccer team — 2019 state Class C runners-up. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Joe Grassi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and Waynflete's Joey Ansel-Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Atlas Hubbard, front, and Waynflete's Joey Ansel-Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and Waynflete's Road Hopkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and Waynflete's Road Hopkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and Waynflete's Road Hopkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, middle, and Waynflete's Road Hopkins, right, and Ian McClure-Chute. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Ricky Nelson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Aiden Hubbard, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Ricky Nelson, front, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Aiden Hubbard, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Aiden Hubbard, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Aiden Hubbard, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Joe Grassi, right, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Hayden Porter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Hayden Porter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Waynflete's Luca Antonlini, left, and Ian McClure-Chute. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Waynflete's Luca Antonlini, middle, and Joey Ansel-Mullen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Waynflete's Luca Antonlini, left, and Mount View's Kevin Kinney (14), Elijah Allen (11), Draedyn Furrow (6), Noah Jacobs (5) and Atlas Hubbard (4). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Mount View's Kevin Kinney, Elijah Allen, Draedyn Furrow, Noah Jacobs, Atlas Hubbard and Joe Grassi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, front, and Tyler Russell, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Waynflete's Samir Sayed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, middle, and Kevin Kinney, right, and Waynflete's Luca Antonlini. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven, middle, and Kevin Kinney, right, and Waynflete's Luca Antonlini. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Gunnar Martin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Atlas Hubbard.
Mount View's Sean Raven, left, and Joe Grassi, right, as well as Waynflete's Patty Shaw.
Mount View's Kevin Kinney, right, and Waynflete's Ben Adey.
Mount View's Elijah Allen, left, and Draedyn Furrow, right, as well as Waynflete's Ben Adey.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
Scene from Mount View versus Waynflete on Nov. 9 in high school boys soccer in Falmouth.
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