The Mount View of Thorndike boys soccer team continued a recent tradition last Friday night, renting lights to play a night game at home for the sixth straight season.
The eight light towers, each with four lights, were brought in earlier in the day for the 7 p.m. Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference matchup against Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, which the Mustangs won 5-0 to improve their record to 3-0 heading into Tuesday’s game at Morse of Bath.
The night game has become a greatly anticipated event for the players and fans, according to eighth-year Mount View head coach Chris Hink.
“It gives a chance for everyone in the community to come out and see us play, because a lot of times parents are working at 3:30 when we usually play and they can’t get to the games,” he said. “It’s a great atmosphere.”
The win continued a hot streak for Mount View, which has outscored Gardiner, Nokomis of Newport and MCI by a combined 21-0 despite missing two penalty kicks. The Mustangs also have limited opponents to “five or six” shots on goal during the three shutout victories, Hink said.
The Mustangs are led by six senior captains — Aaron Elkins, Tim Bennett, Nic Stewart, Zoli Kertesz, Cody Downer and Adam Higgins — as well as goalie Chris Montminy and sophomore Jack Simpson, who has four goals in three games, including two against MCI.
“It’s going to get more difficult, but it’s been pretty fun to watch so far,” said Hink. “This is really a team-oriented team.”
The schedule does figure to get more challenging for Mount View in the coming weeks, including games against Belfast each of the next two Saturdays and a much-anticipated Sept. 30 match at Camden Hills of Rockport, which has 15 seniors back from last year’s team that reached the Eastern Maine Class B finals before dropping a 3-2 decision to Ellsworth.
“A lot of people are talking about that game,” said Hink, “but I keep telling them it’s one game at a time and that we’re not better than anybody else until we play them.
“We’ve been playing well and getting better, but we know that it’s only going to get tougher. But I like what I see right now.”