CROOKSTON, Minn. - The Bemidji State Soccer team beat the University of Minnesota, Crookston for the second time this season with a 1-0 score line on Friday afternoon in Crookston.
The game was a much closer match up than the first time the two teams met earlier in the month that saw the Beavers winning 5-1. This time the Golden Eagles showed up determined to avenge the loss.
“Crookston played extremely well,” said head coach Jim Stone. “Every game is different; they showed up with a lot of passion which helped give them confidence going into the game. It was a battle and you have to give Crookston credit, they came to play and they were well organized.”
Fortunately, the Beavers came out as the victors with a lone goal in the second half that proved to be the decider.
The goal came when a 50/50 ball was picked up by Rachel Gustafson (So., Ham Lake, Minn.) who played it over to freshman Tiffany VanHaaften (Chaska, Minn.). VanHaaften fired a rocket from 25 yards out beating Crookston keeper Anna Ogaard. The goal was VanHaaften’s first collegiate career.
The Beavers where able to hold onto the lead and outlast the Crookston attack in the second half which saw the Golden Eagles take five of their total six shots.
Keeper Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, N.D.) was in goal for the Beavers. While the Golden Eagles took six shots, none of them were on target.
The Beavers will return to the pitch Sunday afternoon when they travel to Moorhead to take on Minnesota State University Moorhead at 1 p.m.