The highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s Class B North high school field hockey semifinal playoff game between Belfast and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield — this time a quarterfinal showdown — was as advertised as the No. 4 Lions and No. 5 Huskies proved evenly-matched throughout the 60-minute affair.

And while the chapter written this season between the talented squads on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17 did not require overtime, it again was decided by the slimmest of margins.

The defending state champion Huskies got a goal off a penalty corner from Allysah Greene with 20 seconds to go in the first half, and that goal stood throughout the second half as MCI escaped with a 1-0 victory over Belfast.

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With the win, MCI (10-5) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 1 Gardiner (14-1), at Gardiner, at 1 p.m.

Gardiner defeated No. 8 Nokomis of Newport 3-1 in another quarterfinal playoff on Wednesday.

Belfast, after dropping its first game of the regular season before rattling off 12 straight wins, lost its final two games of the campaign by shutout as its season wrapped at 12-3.

It was the second year in a row Belfast beat MCI in the regular season and fell to the Huskies in the playoffs. The Lions earned a 2-1 win over the Huskies on Sept. 18 in Belfast.

“I felt like we prepped and talked a lot about what we needed to do,” said longtime Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson. “Then in the first half we just really weren’t executing. We just couldn’t get the offense going. We weren’t cutting and we just weren’t meshing well. I felt like second half was played much better by my team, but we needed to score and we didn’t.”

Prior to Wednesday’s game, Belfast outscored opponents this season 81-9 with seven shutouts, while MCI outscored opponents 68-14, with nine shutouts.

Belfast held a 13-9 edge in shots. Brooke Richards made six saves in the cage for Belfast, while Ashley Souliere made 10 saves in goal for MCI.

The Huskies had eight penalty corners — all in the first half — to three for the Lions.

On its final corner of the first half, Madisyn Hartley inserted straight to Greene near the top of the circle and Greene slapped a shot past Richards to give MCI a 1-0 lead.

There was no argument from Holmes-Jackson, who got an initial goal from MCI overturned when the shot originally was ruled a goal after not hitting the boards earlier in the first half.

“It just hit net, it wasn’t going off any of my defenders and it was going in high,” she said. “And I argued that and they called it back.”

Holmes-Jackson credited her defense for their play Wednesday, particularly Amy Gaiero, Cassie Jackson Maya Cunningham, goalie Richards and Hannah Sanderson, the latter of whom was “marking the Hartley girl and did pretty well keeping her under control.”

Both defenses were stingy throughout the contest and limited quality chances for the offenses.

“It was kind of like the Gardiner game,” said Holmes-Jackson of the Lions' 1-0 loss to the Tigers to end the regular season on Oct. 9. “We played really well defensively, but we just did not capitalize on our chances to score.”

The Lions graduate eight seniors, including Lindsay Bruns, Cassidy Clark, Sanderson, Lauren Blood, Mackenzie Banks, Maya Cunningham, Gaiero and Jackson, the latter of whom is the daughter of coach Holmes-Jackson.

“These guys had a really good four years,” the coach said. “Winning seasons [and] Northern Maine champs [and] state runners-up [in 2016].”