They went 65 games without tasting victory.
That was until Tuesday night when the Mount View High School girls soccer team beat Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 1-0.
The Mustangs of Thordike had gone 0-64-1 before snapping the drought on the road.
“It was very, very special,” said LeeAnn Larrabee, one of four seniors on the team. “The last three years were disappointing. But, this year, we had a new coach (David Page) and we had more hope than ever before.”
Larrabee, who played a variety of positions including stopper, said Page instilled confidence in them and unveiled new tactics and taught them the fundamentals.
“A lot of the girls didn’t know the fundamentals. He was awesome,” said Larrabee.
She said they knew they were making significant strides “although it didn’t show on the scoreboard until (Tuesday). To work so hard and to finally see it on the scoreboard was amazing.”
“We had worked for this for years and years. We built up to it and it finally paid off,” said senior goalie Amanda Larrabee, who made 12 saves to key the win. “When the final whistle blew, I was so happy. I was speechless.”
Amanda Larrabee admitted that there was frustration in the previous seasons, but it was different this season.
“We kept working hard and we believed in each other,” said the goalie. “Coach (Page) definitely made a difference. He had a fresh outlook and we were able to relate to him better.”
Page downplayed his role in their victory.
“They did a lot of it on their own. They played this past summer and did a lot of things (to better themselves),” said Page, who credited the seniors for their leadership, perseverance and willingness to buy into his coaching philosophy.
“It really has a lot more to do about them than me. The seniors have been through it all. They kept working hard to get into the position they were in (to win),” said Page.
He said he tried to make sure “everybody was having fun. Then we focused on winning and losing. “
“I loved soccer a lot more than I did the previous three years,” said senior striker Fayth Savoy.
Page said his team was moving toward the victory through earlier performances.
“We were building. There were a lot of games that didn’t look as close (on the scoreboard) as they were. We had a tight game with (9-5-2) Camden Hills through the first half. It was 1-0 at halftime. They have a lot of experience and depth,” said Page, whose team eventually lost 5-0. “It all paid off in the end. The girls played a lot of great games this season and it’s nice they finally got that win at the end.”
“We lost to Maranacook (of Readfield) 11-0 last year and we lost to them 3-0 this year,” pointed out LeeAnn Larrabee. She also noted that the other senior, striker Ailish Foley, had never played soccer before but worked hard, kept improving and served as motivation to the team.
LeeAnn Larrabee said the girls posted their win on their Facebook pages and have received congratulations from their schoolmates and the community.
“It feels so good to have support now,” said LeeAnn, who also said they have a good feeder program in place and she can see more wins coming to Mount View in the future.