It is not always how many opportunities a team gets, but rather what it makes of those chances that often determines who moves on in the postseason. And that is exactly what played out Wednesday afternoon as No. 4 Mount View hosted No. 5 Winslow in the Eastern Class B quarterfinals.

Statistical information from the contest showed the Mustangs outplayed the Black Raiders for most of the game and had many opportunities to solve their opponent’s defense and goalie Alexis Lachance. However, the hosts could not find the cage as Winslow managed the lone goal of the game midway through the first half en route to a 1-0 win over the hosts.

Winslow improved to 12-3, while Mount View finished the campaign 11-3-1.

Winslow moves on to face No. 1 Nokomis of Newport (15-0-1 overall), the defending state Class B champions, in the regional semifinals. The Warriors defeated No. 8 Oceanside 6-0 in another quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday. The Warriors defeated the Black Raiders 3-2 in the teams only regular-season meeting Sept. 10 in Winslow.

No. 3 Belfast (11-1-3) will travel to No. 2 John Bapst of Bangor (13-2) in the other semifinal playoff, slated for Saturday, Oct. 22. The Lions and Crusaders do not play each other during the regular season.

On Wednesday in Thorndike, the lone score of the game came with 13:27 remaining in the first half when Black Raider Michelle Greene banged the back of the cage, beating Mustang goalie Abbie Charrier.

The Mustangs, which fell to the Black Raiders 4-3 in the teams only regular-season meeting Sept. 6 in Winslow, had plenty of opportunities to convert the equalizer, attempting 20 penalty corners in the game to Winslow’s five, many of which came late in the second half of Wednesday’s game.

Veteran Mustang coach Gloria Hewett said both teams played well and added, “Winslow came out very strong and outplayed us for the first 10 minutes and then I think we played even most of the game.”

Mount View had a couple of quality scoring chances thwarted by Winslow, the most important coming late in the second half when a Black Raider player went to clear the ball out of the circle and the ball was stolen by Janelle Thornley, who fired a shot at Lachance.

The ball trickled through Lachance’s legs and a pair of Black Raider defenders attempted to clear the ball from in front of the cage, but it went to Mustang Mercedes Reynolds. Reynolds got another close shot on goal but was stoned by Lachance to end that scoring threat.

Mount View’s Brittany Masessa made a valiant effort to try and navigate through the Winslow defense with roughly 10 seconds to play, but the ball was dug out and stolen by Black Raider Allison Leclair, who quickly cleared the ball to midfield, essentially bringing an end to Mount View’s terrific season and continuing the Black Raiders’ solid campaign.

Charrier made eight saves in the cage for Mount View, while Lachance made 18 saves for Winslow. The Mustangs also doubled up the Black Raiders in shots 18-9.

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