Garcia and Ellefsen propel Beavers past Golden Bears
Sunday, October 11, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team rebounded from a tough loss to St. Cloud State Saturday, to defeat Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Concordia University by a 2-0 margin. The Beavers (9-4-0, 5-3-0 NSIC) have blanked six opponents this season and junior goalkeeper Samantha Ross (Stillwater, Minn.) now has four career shut-outs.

“The nice thing about today was there wasn’t so much snow on the field and we were able to play Bemidji State soccer,” head coach Jim Stone said. “We were able to keep the ball on the floor and control play, which was impossible yesterday. We’ve had so many players go down to injury this season and we try to dedicate these games to them.”

After a scoreless first half, junior Yesenia Garcia (F/M, Great Bend, Kan.) tallied her first-carer game-winning goal and third goal of the season with a shot that beat CU goalkeeper Kaitlin Budd from about 15 yards out. Garcia received a perfect cross from senior defender Maddie Pletta (Rochester, Minn.) just inside the goalie box, settled the cross and beat a charging Budd low and to her left. Pletta has three assists on the season, adding to her career-high, and the three points ties her career-high for points in a season with her freshman campaign in 2006.

The Beavers were charged-up after the tally and knocked another goal past the end line just 4:52 later. This time it was junior Ashlee Ellefsen (Hugo, Minn.) with the goal, her team-leading eighth of the season. Garcia ripped a shot from the 18 and Budd was able to make a save, but Ellefsen was charging the net for a rebound and found the ball on her foot for a tap-in goal. With the two points, Ellefsen moves to second on the BSU’s all-time points list with 70, surpassing Katie Meinhardt (2003-06), who had 69 career points. Ellefsen is just one point shy of tying Becky Elk’s (1999-01) all-time record of 71 points.

Ross made six saves in the match and Garcia totalled six shots, two of which were on goal, and one cross bar. BSU had seven shots on goal to the Golden Bears’ six. The Beavers had the advantage in corner kicks at 5-2.

The Beavers look to continue their winning ways on the road (6-2 in 2009) with a pair of NSIC matches Oct. 17 and 18 at the University of Mary and Northern State University, respectively.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).