High school girls soccer

Strong campaign ends as Mustangs fall to Shiretowners in semifinals

Mount View enjosy nine-win campaign, victories in two of three postseason games
By Staff | Nov 03, 2019

Houlton — The No. 7 Mount View girls soccer team opened eyes in its inaugural season in the Class C North playoffs as the Mustangs again had upset on their minds as they trekked to “The County” to battle No. 2 Houlton in a semifinal playoff contest on Saturday, Nov. 2.

However the Shiretowners, who averaged nearly six goals per game in the regular season — and put up eight in their quarterfinal playoff victory over Calais — got the one goal they needed midway through the second half and ended the ‘Stangs season with a 1-0 high school pitch victory.

Maddie Marino scored the lone goal of the game for the Shiretowners with 27:27 left in regulation, off an assist from Becca Howe.

With the win, Houlton (14-2) advances to the Class C North championship, where it will face No. 1 Fort Kent (13-1-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 5. It is the second straight year the squads will vie for the regional crown.

Mount View, which defeated No. 10 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 6-1 in the prelims and No. 2 Central of Corinth 5-1 in the quarterfinals, saw its season wrap at 9-7-1.

The Mustangs held an 18-16 edge in shots, while the Shiretowners held a 5-3 advantge in corner kicks.

Zoe Mayhew made three saves in goal for Mount View, while Abbie Worthley made six saves for Houlton.

"Soccer can be a cruel game," said Mount View coach David Page. "We dominated the entire second half, but just couldn't finish. It's like we were just a half step off all game. But I'm proud of the girls - true to their character all season, they never quit, battled right down to the final whistle and every player left everything they had on that field. Tough way to finish but certainly doesn't diminish the outstanding season we've had."

The Shiretowners, who play a physical brand of soccer, had several near scores in the first half, but the solid play of the Mustang defense — particularly, Mayhew in net — helped keep the hosts off the board.

However, the game-winner came with 27:27 left when Howe found Marino with a through-ball to the far post. Mayhew committed near post, which gave Marino an open look and she creased the net for what proved the winning tally.

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