BEMIDJI, Minn. - Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) had a dominant performance today, scoring two goals from five shots on goal, as Bemidji State (5-2-0, 1-1-0 NSIC) knocked off Southwest Minnesota State (0-5-0, 0-2-0 NSIC) 4-0 at the BSU Soccer Field.
After losing in overtime to Minnesota State the day before, the Beavers jumped out to a slow start as the start of the game saw the Mustangs pressuring BSU in its own half. However, the Beavers would end up scoring three goals within 12 minutes.
In the 30th minute SMSU’s Tatum Borstad was given a yellow card. Bemidji State would take advantage of the momentum swing as Kim Sorteberg (Sr., Anoka, Minn.) would connect to Brianna Duff (So., Ramsey, Minn.) who would then dish it off to Ellefsen inside the 18-yard box. Southwest Minnesota State goalkeeper Kendra Olchefske got a hand on Ellefsen’s shot, but the ball would trickle in for Ellefsen’s third goal of the season.
“When Ellefsen is on her game, she is as good as it gets at this level,” said head coach Jim Stone. “When she plays like the way she did, it is more than worth the price of admission.”
The Beavers would put a second goal on the scoreboard just nine minutes later. Sorteberg had a corner kick that went over the goal box and SMSU cleared it out towards midfield. The ball went straight to Rachel Gustafson (So., Ham Lake, Minn.) on top of the 18-yard box who rifled a shot into the top corner of the net. The goal was Gustafson’s second of the season and of her career.
Keeping up the pressure the Beavers netted their third goal of the game just three minutes later. Jenny Stromberg (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) teamed up with Bri Scanlan (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.) to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead going into halftime. Scanlan scored her third goal of the season and the assist was Stromberg’s first point of the season.
The last goal of the game would be Ellefsen’s second at the 52nd minute mark. Ellefsen got a hold of the ball in the midfield and was able to make a run through the Mustang backline.
Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) posted another scoreless 45 minutes as she started the game for the Beavers making three saves.
Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, N.D.) played the second half recording two saves.
Ellefsen is moving up the list of all-time points scorers at BSU. She is currently at sixth place with 60 career points; first place sits at 71 points.
Ellefsen is also now tied for second place having scored seven game-winning goal in her career.
Duff still leads the Beavers in scoring this season with 16.