With nothing but open field ahead of her, Mount View's Braley Leadbetter planned to make the most of her second opportunity during the team's Eastern Class B high school field hockey quarterfinal playoff game with host Winslow Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17.

Earlier in the postseason affair Leadbetter failed to convert on her first 1-on-1 breakaway attempt, running into Black Raider goalie Alexis Lachance.

However, practice makes perfect, which boded well for the visiting Mustangs.

Leadbetter beat Lachance and found the back of the cage with her shot as the fifth-seeded Mustangs (11-3-1) pulled off the mild upset with a 2-1 win in double-overtime over the No. 4 Black Raiders (11-4).

The win sets up the highly-anticipated rematch between the Mustangs and top-seeded Belfast (12-1-2), the defending regional and state champions, in the semifinals The Lions were 3-2 winners over No. 8 Gardiner (10-6) in another quarterfinal Oct. 17.

The regional semifinal playoff game between the Mustangs and Lions will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. on the artificial surface field at Thomas College in Waterville (change of venue and time).

Mount View and Belfast played to a 1-1, double-overtime tie on the final game of the regular season Oct. 9.

Wednesday's playoff game felt a bit like revenge for Mount View, which lost to Winslow 6-1 in the regular season and was ousted by the Black Raiders in last year's quarterfinals.

This fall, Mount View went 9-1-1 over the final 11 games of the season after losing to Winslow.

"It was a really good feeling to watch them play like I've seen them play every game after that [regular-season loss to Winslow]," said veteran Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. "It was a nice turnaround and we played well."

Hewett said she felt her team may have been a little overconfident heading into the regular-season game with Winslow, especially having played to a scoreless tie in a preseason game with powerful Class A Skowhegan.

"Their heads might have been in a different place [early in the season]," the coach said.

Leadbetter tallied the game-winner with 2:20 left in the second 7-on-7, eight-minute overtime for the 'Stangs, while Brittany Masessa scored a first-half goal, on an assist from Andrea Smith.

Jennifer Poulin scored for Winslow, on an assist from Bethany Winkin.

"When she dodged a player and she had open field in front of her, [Leadbetter] said, 'All I could think was there's the goal, dodge the goalie, there's the goal, dodge the goalie,' " said Hewett of Leadbetter's game-winner. "The goalie was in her way and she couldn't see if [the ball] went in or not, she just heard it when it hit the back of the goal cage."

Abbie Charrier made 10 saves on 11 shots in the goal for Mount View, while Lachance made 16 saves on 18 shots in the cage for Winslow. The Black Raiders held a 14-13 edge in penalty corners.

Mount View took an early 1-0 lead when Smith found Masessa with 14:48 remaining in the first half, while the Mustangs and Black Raiders played even through the remainder of the contest — until late in the second half.

Due to a letup in the Mount View defense — said coach Gloria Hewett — the Black Raiders capitalized when Winkin found Poulin, who tied the game with 2:42 left in regulation.

Mount View staved off four penalty corners in overtime by Winslow, which helped set up Leadbetter's game-winning push and score.

Now the Mustangs move on to face the rival Lions, which both Hewett and her players know will be a competitive game.

"Our goal is to beat them on their home field," Hewett said. "It'll be a good game. Win or lose, it'll be a good game."

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.