Both high school boys soccer squads that stepped on Sam Pendleton Field Friday afternoon desperately wanted — and needed — a victory to keep their late-season dreams of earning a coveted regional playoff spot within reach.

That was the scenario that faced Oceanside and Belfast and, when the final horn had sounded, the visiting Lions had used two first-half goals to upend the host Mariners.

Ryan Rice gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with 18:56 left in the opening half, on an assist from Yanni Rakis. The visitors’ cushion increased to 2-0 when Brennan Moore scored, off a Scott Kulikowski assist, with 15:57 remaining.

Oceanside held an 18-11 edge in shots and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Tyler Baker made seven saves in the Lion net and Nate Boggs several stops in the Mariner goal.

Both the Mariners and Lions remain in solid postseason position, but still need season-ending wins to solidify those playoff spots.

Although the result of Friday’s game is not included, the latest Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B show Belfast (6-3) ninth and Oceanside (3-5-1) 11th. Camden Hills (9-0, 73.2143 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the postseason.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.