At Winthrop, No. 2 Winthrop struck twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Stearns of Millinocket. It returns the defending regional champions to Tuesday’s Eastern Class C final.
Mary-Claire Blanchard and Rachel Ingram provided the goals for the Ramblers (14-1-1), who advanced to Tuesday’s final in Hampden against No. 1 Dexter.
Winthrop probably could have had more goals if not for the efforts of Stearns goalie Whitney Guy. She finished with 17 saves.
“I’m really proud of our goalie,” said Stearns defender and captain Taylor Pelkey. “She played a wonderful game. It was tough on defense but we held them off for a while.”
Winthrop outshot Stearns 11-0 in the first half but couldn’t get one by Guy. Ingram, Blanchard and Lauren Kaiser put continuous pressure on up front and created an abundance of scoring opportunities.
The Ramblers kept after it in the second half and just 8:05 in that long-awaited goal arrived. Kaiser made a nice rush down the middle. She beat defenders and drew the goalie towards her.
After generating no shots on net in the first half, Stearns (8-8) tried to counter and produced a pair of shots in the second half. Still, the opportunities were few and far between.
Rambler goalie Alyssa Arsenault earned the shutout, the ninth for a Winthrop team that allowed just nine goals in the regular season.