The Belfast field hockey team continued its impressive roll Monday afternoon in a home contest with Class C Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, as the Lions surge into the second half of the campaign with the top seed in the upcoming Eastern Class B playoffs in their sights.

The Lions (7-0-2) roared to a 4-0 win over the Huskies (4-5-1).

As of Wednesday morning, Nokomis of Newport (7-0-1) was first in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, a few points ahead of the Lions. However, Nokomis’ game with Oak Hill of Sabattus, scheduled for Sept. 24, is not included in the standings.

The Lions and Warriors, along with Spruce Mountain, the newly formed team from the consolidation of Jay and Livermore Falls and playing in the West, are the only remaining unbeaten teams in Class B.

On Monday, the Lions got on the board midway through the first half when Ally James received a pass from Maddy Cummings, who scored with 15:45 remaining. Kendry Kirby added her first goal of the season seven minutes later, on an assist from Kari Osgood, to make the score 2-0 at halftime.

Kristi Osgood helped get Lexi Nelligan in on the scoring seven minutes into the second half to put the hosts ahead 3-0, while the final goal was scored with fewer than five minutes to go when Kaysea Harford found Cummings in front of the net, who flicked it past the stumbling MCI goalie for the game’s final tally.

Julia Ward and Sierra Wood both played a half for the Lions, each turning away two saves on two shots apiece. The Huskies’ goalie, whose name was unavailable, turned away seven of 20 shots in the losing effort.

Belfast (7-0-2, 61.5561 points) is second in Eastern Class B, while Nokomis (7-0-1, 65.1276 points) is first in the 14-team region.

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