BEMIDJI, Minn. — Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) scored her second career hat trick to help the Bemidji State University soccer team beat Augustana 3-2 in overtime on Friday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field. Ellefsen has currently tied the school record for most career-goals with 31.
“It was a great game and a lot of fun,” said head coach Jim Stone. “I feel bad that we had to play in the conditions that we had today, because you want to play someone like that in ideal conditions.”
Battling blowing snow, the Beaver’s came back from a 2-1 deficit at halftime to win an important end-of-the-season match. Coming into the game Augustana (7-7-5, 4-4-4 NSIS) and Bemidji State (10-6-1, 6-5-1 NSIC) were tied for 8th place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The win gives Bemidji State a likely playoff birth for the NSIC tournament.
“I’m so proud of our team today with the way they came back; they just kept pushing and pushing and pushing,” Stone said.
Ellefsen scored all the goals for the Beavers today, netting the game-tying goal in the 54th minute, and the game winner in the 99th minute. Her hat trick is the tenth in BSU history. The game-winning goal was her fourth of the season and 10th overall, which ties the school record for most career game-winning goals.
“She’s a big time player. She personified the will of our team today, and it was an understanding performance,” Stone said.
Yesenia Garcia (Jr., Great Bend, Kan.) picked up two assists, one on the Beaver’s first goal and the other on the game winner. Kelly Pointon (So., Woodbury, Minn.) and Bri Scanlan (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.) both picked up assists in the match.
Sophomore keeper Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, S.D.) was in net for the Beavers and recorded 12 saves, eight of which came in the first half. Kjonaas denied the Vikings in the second half and in the overtime period stopping all four shots on goal.
The win was the Beavers 10th of the season and marks the fifth time head coach Jim Stone has reached the double-digit-win margin.
The Beavers will return to the pitch for the final time this regular season on Sunday as they host Wayne State College for Senior Day at 1 p.m.