DULUTH, Minn. -A day after holding No. 25 North Dakota to one goal in a 1-0 loss, the Bemidji State women’s soccer team held Minnesota-Duluth scoreless in the first half. However, the Bulldogs blew the game open with five second-half goals, running away with a 5-0 win over BSU this afternoon in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener for both programs.
Freshman goaltender Kari Torgerson survived a first-half onslaught, saving all 10 shots on goal she faced out of 23 total Bulldog shots in the first half to lead BSU to a scoreless tie at intermission.
But Nicole Fietz broke through for the Bulldogs in the 48th minute, and that goal opened the floodgates. Duluth would tack on three more goals over the next nine minutes as Cathy Wallace (53rd minute), Rachael Ferrin (54th minute) and Kristine Kruger (57th minute) would find the back of the net.
Jessica Arne added her fist goal of the season in the 75th minute to complete scoring for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs dominated all areas of play. BSU managed just two shots in the game - one in each half - while the Bulldogs got off 36 shots against the Beavers. UMD’s five second-half goals came on just 13 total shots. Minn.-Duluth also held a 13-0 advantage in corner-kicks.
Torgerson finished with 14 saves for the game.
The loss dropped Bemidji State to 1-7-1, 0-1-0 in the NSIC, while Minn.-Duluth evened its mark at 2-2-1. Bemidji State is back in action Sept. 28 at Concordia-St. Paul.