THORNDIKE, Maine — A 2-2 tie at Maranacook of Readfield earlier this week confirmed Mount View High School’s status among the top boys soccer teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B ranks.
But the Mustangs’ 6-1 victory over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro on Wednesday helped erase a bad memory.
“We lost to Medomak three times last year, and at home it was 4-0,” said Mount View senior Justin Roberts-Pierel. “They also beat us with 53 seconds left in our playoff game, so we were excited to beat them.”
Roberts-Pierel scored two goals and Eike Dominiak had a goal and an assist as the unbeaten Mustangs improved to 6-0-1.
“We were tired and physically beat,” said Mount View coach Chris Hink of his club, two days removed from its biggest test of the season to date against Maranacook. “But mentally the boys stayed strong and that helped us through today. I don’t think we played as well as we usually play, but obviously it was well enough.”
Conner Schmidt had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs, while Zach Mehuren and Zach Babin also scored and Aaron Elkins contributed an assist.
Nick Knight made six saves on 11 shots to earn the win, while Medomak Valley’s Caleb Thompson stopped 12 of 25 shots.
Mount View was playing without senior midfielder Dylan Keller, who leads the KVAC Class B ranks with 11 goals but was sidelined for the day after drawing two yellow cards in the Maranacook contest.
But after starting a little slowly, the Mustangs erupted for four goals over the final 22:04 of the first half to take a 4-1 lead at intermission.
Mount View broke on top when Elkins received a long goal kick from Michael Cochrane fairly deep on the left wing and fed ahead to Roberts-Pierel. He outmuscled a Medomak Valley defender for position near the left post and then wheeled and fired a 15-yard shot to the right of Thompson.
“I was hoping we would get the first one,” said Roberts-Pierel, “because [Medomak Valley] has been playing well on and off and I knew we needed to get the early goal to put it in their minds that we were coming to play.”
Mehuren made it 2-0 with 17:59 left in the half, one-timing Dominiak’s centering pass from the left wing into the center of the net.
“I think the first few minutes we had to find our way into the game because nothing went the right way and we were all a little tired,” said Dominiak, a junior exchange student from Cologne, Germany. “But then we controlled the ball, and we had to pass it around because they didn’t give us any time to settle the ball, but it worked pretty good.”
Babin scored eight minutes later, cleaning up after Thompson went high to make the save on a close-range header by John Anderson but couldn’t control the rebound as the ball dropped just in front of the goal line.
Medomak Valley (2-4-1) scored its only goal with 4:46 left in the half. A long throw-in from the left wing by Dustin Osier enabled Isaac Durkee to skim a header from the near post to the far post, where the ball initially emerged from a pack of players to hit the crossbar before bouncing straight down where Chris Morrill kicked home the rebound.
But the comeback hopes were short-lived, as Schmidt scored with 1:20 left with a hard, low shot from the right wing set up by a Mehuren cross.
Roberts-Pierel scored his second goal with 15:35 left in the match, going in alone on Thompson thanks to a softly lofted lead pass by Dominiak from outside the 18-yard line.
Dominiak scored the game’s final goal with 12.5 seconds left, with Schmidt supplying the assist.