WINONA, Minn. - Freshman Tiffany VanHaaften (Chaska, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal on Sunday to give the Bemidji State University soccer team its first-ever win against Winona State with 2-1 scoreline. The Beavers improve to 8-3-0 (4-2-0 NSIC) while the Warriors drop to 7-4-0 (4-1-0 NSIC). VanHaaften’s goal was her second game-winning goal this season.
“This has to be one of my most rewarding wins I’ve had here during my eight-year tenure at Bemidji State,” said head coach Jim Stone. “The team gave 110-percent today leaving everything on the field.”
Bemidji State struck first as Kara Smyth (Jr., Cary, Ill.) scored her first goal of the year after receiving the ball from Bri Scanlan (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.). The assist was Scanlan’s third of the season.
However, Winona State would strike back scoring the first first-half goal against the Beavers this season. The two sides would retire at half with a 1-1 scoreline.
“Winona State always makes things difficult, they’re very organized and hard to break down defensively,” said Stone. “But we were able to keep good defensive shape in the backfield which allowed our counter attack to be very effective today.”
VanHaaften scored her goal in the 52nd minute to give BSU the advantage and the eventual win. Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) was credited with the assist.
The Beavers would then hold onto their lead outlasting a last-ditch effort by the Warriors to equalize. Winona State had four corner kicks in the last four minutes of the game, but the BSU backline would hold strong clearing out all the attempts.
Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) was in net again for the Beavers. Her 10 saves made today proved key in shutting down the Winona attack.
Ellefsen’s assist now brings her points total to 68, four shy of taking over as BSU’s all-time scoring leader.
The Beavers will return to the pitch on Oct. 10 as they host St. Cloud State for parent’s weekend at 1 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field.