The results are the same, but first-year Mt. View girls soccer coach David Page sees a light at the end of the tunnel for the Mustangs.

“Our kids have worked hard and played hard all the way through the season,” said Page, whose team is 0-11-0. “We have 13 eighth-graders ready to join a nice group of young players next year, and we only have four seniors.”

Those seniors have not won a game in their high school careers. They are working hard to break the losing streak before the end of the season. The Mustangs have three games left and have played a number of close contests, so they could reach that goal.

Captains Amanda Larrabee and Lee Ann Larrabee (no relation), Caitlyn Picard and Faith Savoy have provided leadership to a young team.

“The seniors have been enthusiastic and motivated,” Page said. “They have shown good composure and continue to work with the younger players, helping them to become better.”

Page knew the program would struggle in his first season but is hoping that by having his team compete indoors and during the summer while help them improve.

“There is a lot of interest and excitement,” Page said. “We have had some pretty good games this year and have better evenly matched but haven’t gotten any breaks. Once we get them playing more and gain experience, things will start to change.”

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The Winslow girls soccer team has registered three straight shutouts, gaining momentum approaching a game with unbeaten Morse at home Friday. The Black Raiders are 4-5-2.

“We are peaking when we need to,” Winslow coach Shawn Carey said. “I think we are ready to make a strong run as we enter the playoffs.”

Winslow ran into some tough luck early in the season, including a pair of losses in overtime when it held a lead in the second half. The Black Raiders have shored up the midfield and outscored their opponents 13-0 in the past two games. They beat Lincoln 6-0 on Monday and Belfast 7-0 on Thursday. They also played to a scoreless tie with Maranacook on Oct. 1.

“Talent-wise, we are as good as anyone in the KVAC,” Carey said. “We are now stronger in the midfield, and we have everyone playing in positions where they are supposed to be.

“We controlled the midfield against a very good Maranacook team. We have improved each week, and now we need to take care of business and get ready for the playoffs.”

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The Mt. Blue boys soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead then pulled back defensively to hold off Messalonskee and earn a 2-1 win Friday night. The win helped the Cougars move up to eighth in the Eastern A Heal point standings.

The Eagles, who were coming off of ties with Brunswick and Mt. Ararat, dominated play in the second half but were unable to penetrate a tightly constructed Mt. Blue defense. Sam Richards, Steven Yardley, Zach Jackson and Jamie Schanck led the way for the Cougars defensively.

“We were consolidated in the back,” Richardson said. “We definitely focused on defense.”

Mt. Blue keeper Matt Crowley finished with 10 saves.

“Our entire defense stepped up,” Richardson said. “It was a huge win for us in a league that is very close.”

Mt. Blue ends the season with five games in eight days. The Cougars played top-ranked Lewiston on Tuesday, then play at Cony today. They end the season at Skowhegan and at home vs. Erskine.

“We have shown how well we can play,” Richardson said. “The Messalonskee game showed just how much we’ve improved.”


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