ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Bemidji State University soccer team (2-0) kept up its strong start to the season with a 7-0 win over Northwestern College (0-2) Friday afternoon.
Jamie Ford (Sr., Edina, Minn.) started off the scoring for the Beavers in the 15th minute. Ford received the ball from a Yesenia Garcia (Jr., Great Bend, Kan.) throw-in inside the 18-yard box before putting it in the back of the net. Ford also made her season debut after an injury suffered at the end of last year sidelined her for the game last weekend against Cardinal Stritch.
“I think she was good as you can look coming off an injury like that,” head coach Jim Stone said. “She played very well today, and ended up scoring two goals for us.” Ford’s second goal came in the second half when she received the ball in the middle from the wing. Ford also picked up an assist in the game.
The Beaver’s second goal came when Analey Skog (So., St. Francis, Minn.) struck a ball that glanced off a defender before beating Northwestern goalie Jennifer Cantwell. Bri Scanlan (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.) was credited with the assist.
The second half started off with an own goal by Northwestern to give the Bemidji State a 3-0 lead. Ford took a shot that was intercepted in the Northwestern 18-yard box, but the Red Raider defensemen got bad touch on the ball on the clearing attempt resulting in the own goal.
Brianna Duff (So., Ramsey, Minn.) continued her hot streak netting two more goals and notching one additional assist to bring her season total up to four goals and three assists. Duff had a chance for a hat trick, but a goal she scored early in the game was ruled offside.
“She’s a handful for defenders because her movement off the ball is very difficult to defend against,” said Stone. In the 79th minute Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Skog had a brilliant give-and-go attack that saw Erickson netting her second goal of the season.
The Beaver backline was solid in the match, only giving up one shot on goal off of a total of two shots. Rachel Gustafson (So., Ham Lake, Minn.) played well as a holding midfielder stopping the Red Raider attack while helping start the offensive rush for Bemidji State. Gustafson recorded her first point of the season with an assist on Ford’s second goal.
“Rachel played very well today, she completed a majority of her passes today which helped her set up our offense,” said Stone. “She was also very competitive when going for 50-50 balls today.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) (1-0) picked up her first win of the season today as she started the match.
Junior keeper Samantha Ross (Stillwater, Minn.) (1-0) played for the second half, but didn’t see much action as Northwestern didn’t get off a single shot in the half.
Jamie Ford is now third all time in school history for career goals scored with 23.