Bemidji State roughs weather to down Minnesota, Crookston
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cookston, Minn. - Wind and rain greeted the Bemidji State soccer team today in Crookston as the Beavers faced off against the Golden Eagles. Coming off its first loss of the year to Dordt College, just three days prior, BSU (3-1-0) went on to win 5-1 Tuesday evening.

After being shutout on Friday against Dordt, the Beaver forwards looked to get back in the swing of things after netting 14 goals in the first two games of the season.

“Today we moved the ball well and we did a good job of mixing up the play combining passes to the feet with overhead passes,” said head soccer coach Jim Stone. “The midfield did a better job of connecting with the forward line in creating offensive opportunities today.”

Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) started the scoring for the Beavers as she picked up her third goal of the season in the 25th minute. Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) played a great through ball to Erickson who put it away to give the Beavers the 1-0 lead.

“Kirsten did a great job coming off the bench and providing spark for our team,” Stone said.

Erickson originally joined the squad with the intention of playing as an outside back, but has made a transition to the front.

“We thought she had the qualities to play up top, she’s quick, explosive and has a strong shot,” Stone said. “She’s learned the new position quickly and has the potential to keep getting better as an attacking player.”

The duo of Erickson and Ellefsen didn’t stop there. Just five minutes later, Erickson returned the favor and dished the ball off to Ellefsen who put it past Golden Eagle keeper Anna Ogaard. The goal was the first on the year for Ellefsen, who led the team in scoring last year.

“It’s important that she got first goal, it’s important for her and for the team,” Stone said. “Once she gets going she’s hard to stop.”

The Beavers went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.

The second half started off a bit slow, but the Beavers got into a rhythm in the middle of the half scoring three goals within a span of 16 minutes.

Yesenia Garcia (Jr., Great Bend, Kan.) lofted a nice ball over the D-line to Brianna Duff (So., Ramsey, Minn.) who beat a challenging Ogaard to score her fifth goal of the season.

“Duff continues to impress,” Stone said. “She’s taken her game to a new level, and has been nothing short of great for us. I think she can build upon what she’s done so far this season and I have no doubt that she will.”

Garcia wasn’t satisfied the lone assist and 11 minutes later she connected to Ellefsen, who played it to Erickson, who then gave it back to Garcia inside the 18-yard box. Garcia finished the play putting the ball in the back of the net scoring her first goal as Beaver.

Kelly Pointon (So., Woodbury, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal after goalie Anna Ogaard tried clearing a corner kick and Pointon found the loose ball on the other side of the net. Erickson was credited with the assist on the play, her third of the game.

Pointon’s goal gave the Beavers a 5-0 lead with 13 minutes left to play. However, the Golden Eagles were awarded a penalty kick after a Beaver foul inside their own 18-yard box. Crookston captain Justine Jones took the PK and tucked the ball in past BSU keeper Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, N.D.) (1-1).

Kjonaas played the second half and made five saves. She now has eight saves this season while facing 10 shots. The two goals allowed have both come on penalty kicks.

“I think Abby played well today,” Stone said. “She had good positioning, her hands were very soft and she didn’t let up any rebounds.”

Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) (2-0) was credited with the win as she started the game and recorded 3 saves in the first half. Ross hasn’t given up a goal in the 180 minutes she’s been in net this season.

Erickson’s three assists ties a team record for most assists in a game. She ties Jenny Stromberg, (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) who had three assists last year against Wisconsin-Superior.