Ellefsen becomes all-time points leader after 1-1 draw to UMD
Friday, October 23, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) broke a school record en route to a 1-1 draw against No. 25 Minnesota Duluth on Friday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field. Ellefsen’s goal gives her 72-career points surpassing the mark of 71-career points set by Becky Elk in 2001.

“I’m glad she doesn’t have to think about it anymore,” said head coach Jim Stone. “It’s good that it’s off her mind now, and I really do think that she has a chance to be our first 100-point scorer, and it’s because of how well she’s been playing”

After coming out of a scoreless weekend against Mary and Northern State the Bemidji State University soccer team looked to pull an upset against Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs came into Bemidji at the top of the NSIC conference standings with 27 points. The tie now improves Bemidji State to (9-6-1, 5-5-1 NSIC) and Minnesota Duluth is now (11-2-2, 9-1-1 NSIC). BSU currently sits tied for sixth place in the NSIC with 16 points.

UMD would be the first ones to get on the board, as Kelly Duchene would score off of an Alex Paffrath-corner kick. The goal came in the 10th minute of play.

The Beavers would answer back in the 34th minute. Ellefsen would take a BSU throw in, tossing the ball to Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) in front of the Bulldog bench. Erickson played it back to Ellefsen who then took a shot on goal from 35 yards out. UMD keeper Hannah Bengtson would go out to play the ball, but would mishandle the touch resulting in the game-tying goal for the Beavers.

The goal was Ellefsen’s ninth on the season and the assist was Erickson’s fifth.

The Beavers had multiple offensive chances during the game including a header by Kelly Pointon (So., Woodbury, Minn.) off of a corner kick that went just wide of the net.

“We moved the ball really well, our spacing was good, and we defended well today,” Stone said. “The scoring opportunities that we created today were fantastic.”

However, the rest of the game would play out to a draw with both sides entering overtime with one goal each.

UMD took charge in overtime taking four shots on goal during the two overtime periods. Great goaltending by BSU keeper Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) would keep Bemidji State’s hopes alive. Unfortunately, the Beavers were unable to score a goal in the two 10-minute overtime periods resulting in the 1-1 draw.

The tie was the first for the Beavers this season and was the first conference tie of the season for the Bulldogs.

Ross made a total of nine saves in the game for BSU.

The Beavers will hit the road for a nonconference matchup on Sunday as they take on Wisconsin-Superior at 3 p.m.