High school boys soccer

Second-half surge lifts Mount View past Central in quarterfinal tilt

Mustangs tally four second-half goals to pull away, Fort Kent on-deck
By Zack Miller | Oct 31, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Mount View's Atlas Hubbard, back, and Central's Alfred Griffin battle for the ball on Oct. 30 in high school boys soccer in Thorndike. The host Mustangs beat the Red Devils 5-2 in a Class C North quarterfinal playoff game.

Thorndike — It almost looked like a playoff upset. The key word, though, is almost.

After a first half that saw No. 3 Mount View trail No. 6 Central of Corinth, and shots miss the net, or worse, hit the post, the Mustangs regained their footing in the second half to explode past the Red Devils 5-2 in a Class C North boys soccer quarterfinal playoff contest on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30.

The victory advances Mount View (13-2) to the semifinals, where the Mustangs will host No. 7 Fort Kent (9-6-1), which upset No. 2 Orono 5-2 in another quarterfinal, on Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. on the turf field at Hamden Academy.

Watch video and see more photos below.

On Wednesday, Mount View and Central were tied 1-1 at halftime.

The Red Devils season concluded at 11-3-1.

Fort Kent also beat No. 10 Calais 9-0 in a prelim playoff game, thus, have outscored opponents 14-2 in two postseason games.

The No. 7 Mount View girls soccer squad also defeated Central, as the Mustangs took down the No. 2 Red Devils 5-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the quarterfinals, to give the Thorndike squads a clean sweep of the teams from Corinth.

On Wednesday, the Mount View boys were led by Elijah Allen (2 goals), while Atlas Hubbard, Tyler Russell and Noah Jacobs also creased the net. Jacobs recorded two assists, while Allen and Furrow tallied one.

See Hubbard's goal at 1:17-mark of video below, Russell's goal (3:53), Allen's second goal (4:31) and Jacobs' goal (5:01).

Alex Hewitt scored both goals for the Red Devils — one in each half.

See Hewitt's second goal at 3:30-mark of video.

The Mustangs held a 40-14 advantage in shots. No statistics were kept for corner kicks.

Mount View's Ricky Nelson made eight saves in net, while Bryce Burns stopped 12 shots.

"[The game] was tighter than I thought for a lot longer," said Mount View coach Jeremy Von Oesen. "We were being relentless, and we had a lot of great scoring opportunities. The field was a little greasy, so that first one [Allen] kind of stepped on inside the six [-yard line], set [Central] up for some success, because they came right down the field and scored a minute later.

"When you don't put in the easy ones, it kind of gives the other team momentum. Like the couple of other games we were behind earlier this year, we found a way to come and get it done. The second half we settled in and knocked the ball around better, so that's one of the keys we didn't do in the first half, [because] we were playing to direct."

Despite the score, the hosts had to play from behind early.

Ten minutes into the first half, Hewitt gained possession just past midfield and snaked through the Mount View defense, with nifty footwork, and fired a shot that glanced off the hands of Nelson and into the top right corner of the net.

Despite the deficit, the Mount View offense had no shortage of opportunities in the opening half.

A few minutes after Hewitt's goal, Allen placed a perfect through-ball to Russell, who got a shot off, which glanced off the hands of Burns, and started to roll towards the goal line, but Burns snatched the ball before it crossed, to negate a goal.

A minute later, the Mustangs came even closer to tying the score, when Jacobs' corner kick found the head of Draedyn Furrow, but the ball hit the right post with a loud dong, as groans from the Mount View faithful followed.

With 16:35 to play in the first half the goal finally came, as Jacobs found Allen who put the ball in the far left corner of the net to tie the score.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Mount View took its first lead of the game, when Allen fed Atlas Hubbard, who, sandwiched between two defenders, got a shot off with his right foot that found the bottom right corner of the net.

Central answered eight minutes later, as Hewitt took a Simon Allen pass, again sifted through the Mustang defense, and rocketed home a shot into the right side of the net to tie the score.

"[Hewett] is dynamic," said Von Oesen. "We were trying to man-mark him in the first half, but he's very good at getting forward, backwards, and all over the field, so you can lose track of him a little bit. That's a player you can't lose track of, and we talked about that at halftime, and we did a much better job.

"I put Joe [Grassi on him] and told him that's your sole job right now. [Grassi] did a really good job of marking him in the second half. [Hewitt] is a next-level-kind of player."

From there, though, it was all Mustangs.

With 20:07 to play, a perfectly-placed left-footed pass from Jacobs into the box found the head of Russell, which hit the inside of the far post and redirected into the goal. That put Mount View back ahead, as Russell was tackled by teammates.

Nine minutes later, Allen added his second goal, when he side-stepped one Central defender, eluded another, and, while sliding, put the ball in the back of the net.

The hosts scored their final goal with 4:08 to play. Furrow brought the ball up the far sideline, blanketed by Liam Velgouse, and passed into the box. The ball got deflected, but right to Jacobs, who, in stride, creased the net, with one swift kick of his right leg.

"We did some much better things in the second half," said Von Oesen. "Defensively, the boys played hard, and [Central's] boys played real hard. [Central] played really well. I saw them play earlier in the year and they've come a long way since earlier in the year. It shows you it is playoff time, and you can get the best of anybody."

Central at Mount View boys soccer
Mount View hosts Central on Oct. 30 in high school boys soccer in Thorndike. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Atlas Hubbard, middle, and Noah Jacobs, right, as well as Central's Raolin Willis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, middle, and Central's Josh Smith, left, and Liam Velgouse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, front, and Central's Alex Hewitt. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Brennan Grant, front, and Central's Bulicha Worster, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, middle, and Brennan Grant, right, as well as Central's Noah Kepple. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, right, and Central's Josh Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, front, and Central's Noah Kepple. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Central's Malachi Miller, middle, and Raolin Willis. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Central's Malachi Miller. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Brennan Grant. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Sean Raven. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Aiden Hubbard. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Central's Bulicha Willis, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Kevin Kinney. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Atlas Hubbard. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Atlas Hubbard. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Kevin Kinney. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Kevin Kinney. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Central's Liam Velgouse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Central's Josh Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Tyler Russell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, middle, and Central's Liam Velgouse, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Elijah Allen, right, and Central's Liam Velgouse, middle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Ruben Schofield. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton, left, and Central's Josh Smith. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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