THORNDIKE- The Mount View Mustangs field hockey team finished with a 10-4 regular season record in 2013. They defeated Dexter in the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual state champion Foxcroft 2-1 in double overtime.
The Mustangs play 13 of their 14 regular season games against class B schools. That tough schedule helps come tourney time, when Mount View goes up against the best in class C. The goal they scored against Foxcroft in the semi-finals was the only goal allowed by the Ponies all season.
"My expectations are that we will make it to tournaments again this year. I also feel our record will be comparable to last year,"Mount View coach Gloria Hewett said. "I am hoping to start a little stronger since we lost our first two games of the season last year. I am hoping to reverse that this season and start off with a couple of wins."
Hewitt has a group of girls that focus on team success over individual glory.
"One of our successes is team work and good attitude. I have a team of great girls who work hard as a team. They encourage each other on and off the field. They trust each other to do the best job possible,"Hewett said. "It is a pleasure to work with girls who care about their sport and work to make their team the best team possible.".
The Mustangs have had a successful program despite low numbers the last few seasons.
"One challenge we have had for the last two years is low numbers. We have done well even with low numbers, but it does make it difficult to field a JV team and a JV team helps to build varsity players,"Hewett said. "This year we have 24 players on our JV and Varsity rosters, so we will have a JV team but if there are any injuries or if we have a lot of illness we will be forced to play 7v7 in our JV games."
The Boulay sisters combined to record 23 goals and 22 assists last season. Senior Kersey Boulay is the center mid, she is coming off a season with eight goals and 11 assists.
Hewett said, "she (Kersey Boulay) is the play maker on the team and as a senior this year I expect her to do well."
Reanna Boulay plays forward and last season broke the Mustangs school record for scoring as a freshman. She finished with 15 goals and 11 assists.
Hewett said, "I'm excited to see what she (Reanna Boulay) will do this year."
Seniors Lindsay Morong and Dinah Bilodeau will be the keys on defense for the Mustangs. Morang plays a back, while Bilodeau returns for her second year as goalie.
"She (Morong) is quick and reads the field well. She will be crucial to our defense again this year,"Hewett said. "I also have a seasoned senior goalie, since last year was her first year in the goal cage. She (Bilodeau) had an amazing season last year as a brand new goalie and she is stronger and more confident this year."
Mount View will open up the regular season at Leavitt. Their home opener will be against Gardiner.
For updates throughout the season check out the Eastern Maine Sports Blog.