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Hawks fly in to end Mustang girls soccer season in prelim playoff

Visitors score two goals in each half to cement Class B North tournament victory
By Ken Waltz | Oct 23, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mount View's Gabriella Allen, right, as well as Hermon's Alex Allain, left, and Olivia Nash, during an Oct. 20 high school girls soccer match in Thorndike. The visiting Hawks beat the Mustangs 4-0 in a Class B North prelim playoff game.

Thorndike — The Mount View girls soccer team experienced a remarkable regular season, one of the program's best, but, after working so well and hard this fall to earn a regional home playoff game, the Mustangs ran into a talented opponent who refused to give an inch, and, with that foe's complete-game effort, ended the hosts' overall enjoyable season.

No. 9 Hermon (11-3-1) scored two goals in each half en route to a solid 4-0 Class B North prelim playoff win over the No. 8 Mustangs (10-5) on Friday afternoon, Oct. 20.

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With the win, the Hawks head back out on the road, this time for a much longer bus trip, as they travel to play No. 1 Caribou (13-1) in the quarterfinals.

The Mustangs and Hawks did not play one another during the regular season.

Mount View had a strong overall season and outscored opponents 43-16, with six shutouts, but, on Friday, could not solve the puzzle that was the Hawks overall field talent.

Still, Mount View, which won only three games last year and failed to qualify for the regional tournament, has seen a strong resurgence in its program in recent years.

In windy conditions Friday, Alex Allain scored two goals and Paige Plissey and Maddie Curtis one for the Hawks, while Alex, Olivia Nash and Curtis chipped in assists for the visitors.

In net, Megan Chamberlain (3 saves on 5 shots) played for Hermon and Shala Davis (6 saves on 13 shots) for Mount View.

Hermon finished with a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

"This was a tough one," said Mustang coach David Page. "These girls have taken this program to another level this season, but today, Hermon's playoff experience showed.

"It was an outstanding season with an outstanding group of girls, but we just came up short. I feel for the seniors because they've stuck with the program through some pretty lean times to get here. But today Hermon just cranked it up a notch and earned the win."

The coach added that the Mustangs, this fall, included "a dedicated, outstanding group of girls … a class group of young ladies."

The Mustangs turned things around this year after going 3-9-2 last year when they failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In fact, in 2015, Mount View played in the postseason for the first time in a decade, as the Mustangs, 6-6-3 that year, won a prelim playoff game and moved on to battle, of course, Hermon, which was No. 2 and undefeated that year, in the quarterfinals. The Mustangs lost that second playoff game.

But, according to a few longtime Mount View girls soccer aficionados, 2015 was the first time the Mustangs had won a playoff game since the team advanced to the state final in 1996 — 19 years prior.

Hermon at Mount View girl soccer
Mount View hosts Hermon on Oct. 20 in high school girls soccer game in Thorndike. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanrose Spicer)
Mount View's Gabriella Allen, front, and Elise Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Gabriella Allen, right, and Elise Brown, back, as well as Hermon's Alex Allain. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Arianna Allen, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kristen Raven. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mariah Wren, right, and Hermon's Emily Smith. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's KristenRaven (21) and Shala Davis, back, along with Hermon's Alex Allain. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Gabriella Allen, right, Kristen Raven (21) and Shala Davis, back, along with Hermon's Alex Allain. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Arianna Allen (20), Taylor Hodgdon, left, and Betsy Hunt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Taylor Hodgdon, left, and Hermon's Jillian Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Taylor Hodgdon, left, and Hermon's Jillian Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
With her teammates in the background, Mount View's Gabby Ravin on the move. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View David Page, right, and players on the sideline. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mariah Wren, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kristen Raven, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Katelin Bennett. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Katelin Bennett. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Shala Davis. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Hannah Oliver. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Taylor Hodgdon, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Taylor Hodgdon, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Monica Wren. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Monica Wren. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Monica Wren. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Gabby Ravin, right, and Hermon's Paige Plissey, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Monica Wren (8) and Gabriella Allen, back, along with Hermon's Grace Page, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mariah Wren. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Sage Pound, right, and Hermon's Jillian Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Sage Pound, right, and Hermon's Jillian Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View players prepare to run across the field to thank their fans. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View players prepare to run across the field to thank their fans. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media nearly 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina.

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