Belfast, Mount View advance, Oceanside ousted in quarterfinal playoffsLions to host Waldo County rival Mustangs in semifinals Oct. 20
Two of the three Midcoast high school field hockey teams that earned regional playoff spots will live to battle another day after quarterfinal victories Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17.
And, as fate would have it, the two remaining local squads will square off on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the semifinals in another edition of the longstanding Waldo County rivalry.
No. 1 Belfast and No. 5 Mount View of Thorndike won quarterfinal playoff games Wednesday, while No. 7 Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston lost its opening postseason affair.
Host Belfast (12-1-2) defeated No. 8 Gardiner (10-5, including a prelim win over No. 9 Old Town) 3-2, while Mount View (11-3-1) downed No. 4 Winslow (11-4) 2-1 in double-overtime in Winslow. Also playing on the road was Oceanside (8-5-2), which fell to No. 2 Nokomis of Newport (12-2-1) 3-0.
With those results, No. 1 Belfast, the defending regional and state champion, will "host" No. 5 Mount View in an all-Waldo County semifinal playoff clash on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. at Thomas College in Waterville (change of venue and time).
The two teams recently played to a 1-1, double-overtime tie to finish the regular season.
Interestingly, Gardiner was the lone team to beat the Lions during the regular season, earning a 3-0 win over Belfast Sept. 22 in Gardiner.
Also, Winslow defeated Mount View 6-1 Sept. 6 in Thorndike in the teams' lone meeting of this regular season. Last year, also in the Nos. 4-5 spots, No. 5 Winslow defeated No. 4 Mount View 1-0 in the quarterfinals in Thorndike.
Oceanside and Nokomis also met in last year's quarterfinal, with the top-seeded Warriors beating No. 8 Oceanside 6-0 in a game in Newport. The Mariners battled to a 1-1 tie with the Warriors Sept. 13 in Newport in the teams' lone meeting of this regular season.
Stories and photos from all three quarterfinal playoff field hockey games will appear later.
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