High school field hockey

Fowler's goal pushes Mustangs past host Mariners in waning seconds

Freshman scores with 11 seconds left to key Mount View to third straight win
By Mark Haskell | Sep 29, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, right, and Mount View's Ashlee Hamel during a Sept. 28 high school field hockey game in Rockland. The visiting Mustangs scored a late goal to pull out a 2-1 victory.

Rockland — It had admittedly been a tough start for the Mount View field hockey team.

The Mustangs dropped their first six games — outscored 29-1 in those contests — and seemed destined to fall short of the postseason for the first time in more than a decade.

But a lot can change in a three-game stretch, something the Mustangs learned firsthand in their Thursday, Sept. 28 road game against Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.

The squads were tied throughout much of the competitive 60-minute affair, but the Mustangs received a score from freshman Macy Fowler with 11.9 seconds remaining en route to a 2-1 win.

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Mount View has outscored opponents only 6-2 in the last three games — but the Mustangs are 3-0 in those contests and now are back in the midst of the Class C North playoff chase.

The Mariners, an overall young squad that has shown steady improvement, and Mustangs were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Fowler also had an assist on the day — as did Devon Burgess — as the teammates assisted on Sophia King’s goal with 14:51 left in the first half.

Amanda Frost scored the lone goal for Oceanside on a penalty stroke with 24:49 left in the first half.

Mount View held a 5-4 edge in shots and 3-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Alexa Barstow and Mattie Hooper combined to make four saves in the cage for the Mariners, while Alexis Bowman made three saves for the Mustangs.

“I was pleased with the way my girls played,” said veteran Oceanside coach Joanna Hall. “We’ve seen steady improvement over the season. Sometimes when you’re looking at win/loss records that might be all the girls are looking at, but I have to remind them of where we started and the progress we’ve made. We’re a work in progress."

Oceanside took a 1-0 lead after Frost converted a penalty stroke set up after Bowman covered the ball in the goalmouth, but the ‘Stangs knotted the score moments later after King scored, off assists by Fowler and Burgess.

The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the remainder of the contest before Mount View ultimately converted the game-winner in the waning seconds.

Mount View’s Lilly O’Brien fired a shot on goal from the top of the circle with roughly 15 seconds to play that Barstow made a pad save on. The ball bounded straight to Fowler who took the ball quickly to her left and used a reverse stick to flip it past Barstow with 11.9 seconds to play.

“The ball bounced off the goalie’s pads and I was right there,” said Fowler. “And we work on those during practice. So I used a reverse stick and just flicked it in. Our coach tells us it doesn’t have to be pretty as long as it goes in.”

“We’ve been working hard on that,” said longtime Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. “I have two freshmen forwards. Macy’s been a little hesitant — Sophia’s not so hesitant — but they still hang back rather than chasing the ball after they hit it to send it in or working off the pads. So we’ve been working on going on to the ball and she did that. It was pretty exciting.”

Mount View also overcame a five-minute penalty late in the game, which gave Oceanside a one-player advantage until 1:42 remaining in regulation.

The three-game win streak certainly is a welcome change for the Mustangs.

“This is definitely something I think we can build off of,” said Fowler. “It was starting to feel to a point of, ‘Are we ever going to win a game?’ And we just started winning games. It definitely boosted our confidence a little bit.”

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Mount View (3-6, 13.3673 points) is sixth, while Winthrop (9-0-1, 73.9796 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (3-7, 9.4898 points) is 15th (last), while Winslow (9-0, 71.1224 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Mount View at Oceanside field hockey
Oceanside hosts Mount View of Thorndike on Sept. 28 in high school field hockey in Rockland. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
Oceanside's Audrey Young, right, and Mattie Hooper, back, along with Mount View's Macy Fowler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, front, and Mount View's Ashlee Hamel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, left, and Mount View's Rachelle Ravin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, left, and Mount View's Rachelle Ravin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, left, and Caileigh Pease, right, along with Mount View's Rachelle Ravin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Erin Dugan, left, and Mount View's Brianna Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Julia Bartlett, right, and Mount View's Devon Burgess. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Amanda Frost, front, and Mount View's Devon Burgess. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Erin Dugan, left, and Mount View's Devon Burgess, front right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Erin Dugan, back, and Mount View's Maddy Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, front, and Oceanside's Julia Bartlett, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Erin Dugan, left, and Mount View's Lindsay Mattingly, front right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Lilly O'Brien, front, and Lindsay Mattingly, back, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Lilly O'Brien, front, and Lindsay Mattingly, back, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, right, along with Oceanside's Emma Gerrish, left, and Julia Bartlett, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Makaila Hickey, front, Laura Bountin, left, and Audrey Young, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, left, and Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, right, and Rachelle Ravin (9), along with Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, right, and Devin Burgess (21), along with Oceanside's Laura Boutin (4), Makaila Hickey, left, and Audrey Young (19). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, middle, Devin Burgess (21) and Macy Fowler (4), along with Oceanside's Laura Boutin, left, and Audrey Young. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, right, and Macy Fowler, back, along with Oceanside's Laura Boutin, middle, Audrey Young, back, and Mattie Hooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, right, and Macy Fowler, back, along with Oceanside's Laura Boutin, middle, Audrey Young, back, and Mattie Hooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King, right, and Macy Fowler, back, along with Oceanside's Laura Boutin, middle, Audrey Young, back, and Mattie Hooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Devin Burgess, left, and Oceanside's Caileigh Pease (18), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Devin Burgess, left, and Oceanside's Caileigh Pease (18), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Sophia King. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Macy Fowler, right, and Oceanside's Caileigh Pease, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside goalies Mattie Hooper, back, and Alexa Barstow change places on the field. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, left, and Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Taylor Hamlin, left, and Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rachelle Ravin, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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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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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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