Beavers get a clean sheet for home opener
Friday, September 11, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidi State University soccer team blanked Jamestown College 5-0 in its home opener Friday night at the BSU Soccer field.

The Beavers (4-1-0) played for their third shutout of the year as the Jimmies (0-6-1) were only allowed two shots on goal in the contest.

“The thing that I thought we did a good job at was working for the full 90 minutes,” said head soccer coach Jim Stone. “So that’s what I was most pleased with in this game; our work rate.”

Bri Scanlan (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.) opened the scoring in the 12th minute of play when she put the ball in the back of the net off of a corner kick. Jamestown tried to clear the corner, but was unsuccessful resulting in Scanlan’s second goal of the season.

Sophomore midfielder Rachel Gustafson (Ham Lake, Minn.) scored her first goal of her collegiate career when she fired a rocket off the volley from 15 yards out. Gustafson kept the shot low and was able to tuck it in the corner beating Jamestown keeper Angela Veches.

“Rachael deserved it with the way she played tonight,” Stone said. “It wasn’t just the goal, she had a great game and I thought she was the player of the game.”

Junior forward Ashlee Ellefsen (Hugo, Minn.) looks to have found her stride, as she notched her second goal is as many games so far this season. Her goal came in the 33rd minute of the first half to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead going into halftime.

Brianna Duff (So., Ramsey, Minn.) scored her sixth goal of the season to start the second half. Bethany Fluto (So., Bemidji, Minn.) carried the ball out wide and crossed it to the top of the box to Ellefsen. Ellefsen then played it over to Duff who finished it, beating Jamestown backup keeper Emily Schmit. As of Friday, Duff was currently the leading point scorer in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with 13 points (5G, 3A). Duff now improves to 15 points this season.

In the 48th minute of play BSU defender Kathryn Bjorge (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) took a laser of a shot from outside the 18-yard box that found its way to the back of the net. It was Bjorge’s first goal of her career.

Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, N.D.) (2-1) was credited with the win, but was not required to make any saves in the first half.

Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) (2-0) played the second half and kept the clean sheet going for the Beavers stopping the two shots the Jimmies put on goal.

The Beavers return to action next week as they host #6 Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon at 1, and Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday at 1 p.m.