The Medomak Valley Panthers and Belfast Lions scratched and clawed at one another for 80 minutes Wednesday because they realized the prize at the end of the battle was valuable playoff Heal Points.

With both Medomak Valley and Belfast trying to climb into playoff position in Eastern Class B, a late-season win was like gold. In the end, the host Panthers clung to a 4-3 girls soccer victory over the pesky LIons.

Medomak Valley jumped to what appeared a comfortable 4-1 lead, but Emily Violette and the Lions made things interesting to the end.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (8-4, 51.6071 points) is 10th and Belfast (6-6, 22.8571) 13th in the 18-team region. Caribou (10-1-1, 109. 6301 points) is first. The top nine teams qualify for postseason play. Ellsworth (6-3-3, 53.3801 points) holds the ninth and final playoff spot — 1.7739 points ahead of the Panthers.

On Wednesday, Kasey Benner, Maria Ennamorati, Alanna Vose and Elise Wallace all scored goals and Vose, Sami Griffin and Ennamorati had assists for the Panthers. For Belfast, Violette tallied two goals and Emma Bonneville one.

Medomak Valley had the better of play overall with a 16-6 edge in shots and 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Lion goalie Forrest Munson made nine saves and Panther keeper Amanda Hendrickson three.

The teams combined to score five goals in the exciting first half as Benner got the offensive parade started by creasing the net 56 seconds into the half. Ennamorati made gave Medomak Valley a 2-0 cushion off a pass from Vose with 33:39 left.

Bonneville scored with 20:10 left to cut the visitors’ deficit to 2-1 before Vose (18:16 left, Griffin assisting) and Wallace (final seconds, Ennamorati assisting) scored goals for the Panthers to give the hosts a 4-1 halftime advantage.

That cushion held until Violette made two sensational individual plays later in the second half by twice dribbling the ball through the Panther defense for goals with 22:48 and 9:31 remaining.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.