Separated by roughly 20 miles of water — and less than a point in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings — the rivalry was renewed over the weekend between the Midcoast’s two island-based high school soccer programs as Vinalhaven visited Islesboro and Islesboro visited Vinalhaven, with both winning on the other team’s field.

A mere .628 of a Heal Point separated the two squads, both vying for a playoff spot in Western Class D, heading into the weekend games with the edge going to Vinalhaven. And that’s exactly what the Vikings had for most of Friday’s contest on Islesboro — a slight edge.

Vinalhaven jumped to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half before battling back and forth with Islesboro over the game’s final 40 minutes. In the end, the Vikings doubled up the host Eagles to sail home with a 4-2 victory.

On Saturday morning, it was a different outcome, as Islesboro returned the favor with a 2-1 win at Vinalhaven.

The outcomes of the weekend contests changed the regional standings. In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (6-4, 32.8671 points) is third and Islesboro (8-3, 28.9653 points) fifth. Greenville (8-2-2, 65.5102 points) is first in the 10-team region. Buckfield (5-4, 27.0085 points) is sixth —  1.9568 points behind the Eagles. The top five teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.

Despite the win Friday and the soggy conditions of the field, Vinalhaven coach Richard Carlsen felt his team “did not play their best game” against the Eagles.

“The boat ride was horrid coming here so I’m sure that had an affect on the kids,” he said. “They were drowsy, the field was muddy and we just didn’t play a great game. We did win, but they’re going to come over to our place tomorrow [Saturday] and hopefully it’ll be a better game [then].”

“I thought we played well,” said Islesboro coach James Westhafer. “We were down and kept fighting back, which was good to see. Hopefully that will carry us through the season, help us build some momentum and hopefully we can get a win tomorrow.”

That happened for the Eagles as the island rivals split the weekend encounters.

On Friday, Dillon Ames booted in a pair of goals for visiting Vinalhaven, while Willie Drury and John Morton each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Max Mahan and D.J. Johnson both creased the net in the second half for the host Eagles.

Islesboro’s Gerard Scherr and Vinalhaven’s Trey Warren each had five saves for their respective teams in goal. The Vikings outshot the Eagles 16-9, while each team attempted three corner kicks.

The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout the first half, before the Vikings finally struck with 3:19 left to play. Drury dribbled the ball across midfield and passed a perfectly placed through ball to Ames, who split a pair of Islesboro defenders and popped the ball past Scherr to put the Vikings up 1-0 at halftime.

Ames nearly had another score less than 30 seconds into the second half on a ball that was kicked into the side of the net, but later made good on the previous attempt to put the visitors up 2-0.

A mere 2:11 into the second half, Ames moved ahead of the Islesboro defense and had a one-on-one with the goalie and beat him left, doubling the visitors’ lead.

Islesboro later cut its deficit in half with 27:59 remaining, when Olin Jenner made a beautiful pass from well beyond midfield up through a pair of Vinalhaven defenders to Mahan, who beat Warren to give the hosts their first tally.

Morton later put the visitors back up by two goals with a shot from roughly 30 yards out, which he booted over the Islesboro defense and just through the hands of Scherr with 20:43 left.

Johnson once again brought the hosts once within a goal when he fired a rocket that grazed the bottom of the crossbar and scarcely crossed the line with 11:15 remaining, but Drury put the game out of reach when he took a pass from Morton, raced up the left sideline and put a pinpoint shot on net across the goalmouth with 6:57 remaining.

On Saturday, the Eagles soared past the Vikings and evened the weekend series with a 2-1 win. Johnson and Blaise Jenner each scored for Islesboro, while Scherr made 10 saves. Information for Vinalhaven was unavailable.

More information from Saturday’s game will appear later with this story.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.