THORNDIKE, Maine — Aaron Elkins scored two first-half goals and Zoli Kertesz had a goal and an assist as Mount View defeated Belfast 3-0 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B boys soccer match Saturday.
The win improves the Mustangs’ record to 4-1 on the season, while Belfast dips to 3-2 after having its three-match winning streak halted.
Mount View, which was coming off a 2-1 loss at Morse of Bath on Tuesday, struck first less than three minutes into the contest, with Elkins scoring off an assist from Kertesz.
The play began on the defensive end where the Mustangs’ Cody Downer gained possession of the ball from a Belfast player and cleared out of the defensive end. Teammate Tim Bennett then dribbled the ball at midfield and passed ahead to Kertesz on the left wing.
Kertesz dribbled the ball toward the corner, then rifled a crossing pass to the middle of the penalty area where Elkins was waiting to redirect a low shot to the right of Belfast goalie Sam Kulikowski that gave Mount View a 1-0 lead with 37:03 left in the first half.
Coach Chris Hink’s Mustangs doubled their lead 14 minutes later, again with Elkins finishing off the play.
Belfast was attempting to clear the ball from its defensive end, but Mount View’s Nic Stewart gained control of the ball in the middle of the field and passed it to Elkins along the left wing. Elkins, a senior captain for the Mustangs, blasted a left-footed shot that sailed over Kulikowski inside the far upper corner of the goal.
Kertesz capped off the scoring with 12:09 left in the opening period. Teammate Trevor Diemer sent a high ball toward the penalty area from the right wing that Kulikowski couldn’t control. Kertesz was there to control the loose ball and shot it into the open net past a diving Belfast defender.
Senior goalie Chris Montminy preserved the shutout, making four saves on seven Belfast shots. He was aided by the Mount View defensive corps of Downer, Adam Higgins, Josh Savoy and Evan Lanphear.
Kulikowski made seven saves on 17 shots for Belfast. He was playing in place of regular starter Tyler Baker, who was unavailable for Saturday’s game.