ORONO — Nokomis High School senior forward Jordin McGinnis sought atonement.
A brilliant play by John Bapst High School junior goaltender Aubrey Stanislawski had robbed her of a game-winning goal in the first overtime.
But McGinnis converted a breakaway off a great pass from Leah Edmondson 2:02 into the second overtime to give the third-seeded Warriors a 1-0 triumph over the second-seeded Crusaders at the University of Maine’s field Saturday afternoon.
Nokomis, 13-2, will face top-seeded Mount View of Thorndike, 14-1, in Tuesday’s 3:30 Eastern Maine Class B championship game at Hampden Academy.
John Bapst finished up at 13-3.
In the first overtime, the ball deflected across to McGinnis, who was staring at a vacant net. But just as she went to swat it in, Stanislawski was able to fully extend her stick to sweep it away at the last second.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said McGinnis.
In the second OT, McGinnis was able to get behind the Bapst defense and the alert Edmondson passed it up to her.
“I looked up and I saw (McGinnis). I thought it was now or never,” said Edmondson.
“I was wide open,” said McGinnis, who received the pass and had a chance to look up before she made her move. “I saw the goalie coming out on me so I just dodged around her, saw an open net and shot.”
One of the reasons McGinnis was open was because teams play seven versus seven in overtime after playing 11 vs. 11 in regulation.
Both teams played well defensively and goaltenders Stanislawski and Maria Adams were outstanding.
Adams finished with two saves on 10 shots while Stanislawski made four on 16 shots.
“Aubrey was phenomenal,” said John Bapst coach Gina Schuck.
Stanislawski made a terrific save early in the game when she stacked her pads to rob Marissa Shaw, who ripped a blistering shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner.
Moments later, John Bapst’s Emily Tilton blasted a shot just wide off a penalty corner.
Adrianna Pellegrini came to the aid of Stanislwaski in the waning moments of the first half when she was able to cut off McGinnis just before McGinnis was about to break in alone.
Nokomis had an 8-7 edge in shots at goal in the evenly-played first half.
Nokomis had the better run of play in the second half and the overtimes.
One of the keys to Nokomis’ success was its ability to double- and triple-team the dynamic Tilton sisters, Emily and Elise.
The Tiltons were still able to generate chances but the athletic Warriors made them work hard and constantly had their forwards and midfielders racing back to help out the backs.
“They were definitely the best team we’ve played this season,” said junior Emily Tilton. “They were real good at intercepting passes and dribbling the ball when they had to.”
“They worked well as a team,” said sophomore Elise Tilton, whose stick skills and speed created a healthy portion of Bapst’s scoring chances.
“We knew she was one of their strongest players so we wanted to pressure her more. We tried to mess her up somehow and take the ball away from her,” said Nokomis freshman back Taylor Shaw.
McGinnis, Edmondson and Shaw were constant threats for Nokomis.
“This was one of our better games. We played really well,” said Edmondson.