FAYETTE, Iowa - Battling the cold and rain, the Bemidji State (7-3-0, 3-2-0 NSIC) soccer team was unable to get the result it wanted, losing 2-1 to Upper Iowa (6-5-1, 2-2-0 NSIC) on Friday afternoon.
“I thought the score was a fair score,” said head coach Jim Stone. “They out-played us a bit today. We had trouble keeping possession, which led to us defending for most of the match. It’s hard to win a game when you’re defending for 90 minutes.”
The Beavers started out strong scoring an early goal. In the tenth minute Brianna Duff (So., Ramsey, Minn.) took a strike from 18 yards out putting the ball in the top right corner. The goal is Duff’s seventh on the year. Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) was credited with the assist on the goal.
The goal didn’t deter the Peacocks as they went on to outshoot the Beavers 9-4 in the first half. The BSU backline wouldn’t budge and the half ended in Bemidji State’s favor, 1-0.
Entering the second half, Upper Iowa kept up the pressure against Bemidji State and finally equalized in the 64th minute.
Unfortunately for the Beavers an own goal in the 70th minute would seal the game for the Peacocks.
BSU was unable to battle back as Upper Iowa’s keeper Melissa Heitzman stopped all five shots the Beavers put on goal in the second half.
Bemidji State keeper Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) recorded 9 saves in the match.
Bemidji State has not allowed a single goal in the first half so far this season. The Beavers have outscored their opponents in the first half 15-0.
Ellefsen now has 67 points in her career. She needs five more to become the team’s all-time leading scorer.
The Bemidji State soccer team will travel to Winona on Sunday to face the Warriors at 1 p.m.