Crusaders hang on for win over Mt. View girls

ORONO - Early Saturday morning at the University of Maine, the Class B John Bapst Crusaders held off a menacing second half attack by the Class C Mt. View Mustangs for a 4-3 victory in a girls soccer contest.

John Bapst's Samantha Ismail (21) goes one on one against Mt. View goalkeeper Zoe Mayhew during a game in Orono on Saturday. John Bapst won the game 4-3. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

The Crusaders scored first when Isabelle Angelo connected on a cross from Kate Harriman with 32:36 left in the first half for the 1-0 John Bapst lead. After Mt. View ties the game, Abbie Lawrence took a cross from Gillian Skehan and planted it into the back net for a 2-1 Crusaders lead.

John Bapst's Kate Harriman plays the ball. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Harriman took a through ball from Skehan and scored an insurance goal for Bapst with 10:58 to play in the half for a 3-1 lead. The score remained 3-1 through the rest of the opening half.

Mt. View's Sage Pound (4) battles with John Bapst's Natalea Pepin for possession of the ball. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

The Mustangs Arianna Allen closed the Bapst lead to 3-2 with 27:02 remaining in the second half, but Bapst responded with a goal from Harriman with 17:27 to play for a 4-2 lead.

Mt. View's Gabby Allen sets to send the ball up field. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Mt. View had an opportunity to make it a one goal game with a penalty kick, but the Crusaders Hannah Day came up with a huge save to preserve the 4-2 lead. The Mustangs made good on another penalty kick with 1:06 left in game when Hannah Coolen drilled the ball to the right of Bapst keeper Day for a 4-3 game, but the Crusaders were able to run out the clock for the win.

John Bapst head coach Steve Lammert yells out instructions to his team. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Mt. View goalkeeper Zoe Mayhew had 10 saves on 15 John Bapst shots. Day made 16 saves for the Crusaders on 21 shots by the Mustangs. 

John Bapst had 11 corners in the game, to four corners by Mt. View.

The Crusaders will host Belfast on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:15 p.m. in their next game. Mt. View will host Medomak Valley on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m.

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