NEWPORT — Leah Edmondson didn’t make history Saturday, but the Nokomis Regional High School team didn’t need her to.

Brittany Dunton scored two goals and Kendra Underhill had 11 saves to help Nokomis edge Winslow 2-1 in an Eastern B semifinal game before about 275 spectators.

Edmondson, who needs one goal to tie the program’s single-season record of 34, had an assist.

“It was an intense game,” she said. “I try not to think about the record, but it’s always on your mind. But I can’t think about it too much, because if I do I won’t get there. I need to keep it on the back burner.”

Nokomis (15-0-1), the defending Class B state champions, will play No. 3 Belfast (12-1-3) for the regional title Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hampden Academy.

No. 5 Winslow, which had its chances late, finishes 12-4-0.

“The season was a success,” Winslow coach Mary Beth Bourgoin said. “It was not a failure. It was an even game. It was a good match. We gave it our best and we can leave with our heads high.”

Nokomis jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when Dunton scored off a penalty corner. Edmondson assisted on the goal.

“It happened so fast,” Dunton said. “There was so much happening at once. (Edmondson) got it and crossed it over, and I just tipped it in. We came in knowing it was going to be a tough game with Winslow. The goal was huge. It got us pumped.”

Added Nokomis coach Katie Thompson: “That was essential. One of our focuses is to start the game with intensity. We wanted to fire first and that’s what we did.”

Dunton and the Warriors padded the lead with 13 minutes, 11 seconds left in the opening half. Dunton converted a rebound off a Lindsay Whitney shot.

“She came in at the top of the circle and fired it in,” Dunton said, “and I threw it in.”

The Black Raiders wouldn’t go quietly, however.

Junior Jennifer Poulin cut the lead in half when she beat Underhill with a nice shot from inside the circle with 1:37 left in the half. The goal came off a corner, one of just three for Winslow in the game.

Nokomis had eight.

“Once it got to 2-0 we fired back,” Bourgoin said. “I told the team that we are still in this.”

The Raiders were, but they couldn’t push home the equalizer.

Both teams had their chances in the second half, but Underhill and Winslow goalie Alexis Lachance stopped everything that came their way.

Lachance finished with 16 saves. Nokomis had 18 shots, including eight by Edmondson alone.

Edmondson had a few good scoring bids in the second half, including one just four minutes in when she hit the outside of the far post on a nice pass from Drew Graves.

“We marked her well,” Bourgoin said.

Added Thompson: “She was really trying hard to score those goals. But Winslow did a good job on her. Luckily, we had other people step up. Dunton has become a force on our front line.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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