MILWAUKEE - After having the UW-Parkside game canceled on Thursday, the Bemidji State soccer came out gunning against Cardinal Stritch University shutting out the Wolves 7-0 Friday afternoon.
The game saw five different players score goals for the Beavers, with an additional five gaining assists.
“We were able to player very focused today,” head soccer coach Jim Stone said. “Overall we played well as a team and we didn’t let down our concentration for the entire 90 minutes.”
Sophomore Kari McAllen (Fargo, N.D.) opened the scoring in 28th minute on a goal that was assisted by Brianna Duff (So. Ramsey, Minn.).
Just minutes later Bemidji State went back on the attack and saw Duff and Kathryn Bjorge (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) connect with Analey Skog (So., St. Francis, Minn.) for a goal.
“Skog played really well today as she was able to connect with the wide forwards to create opportunities,” Stone said. “Her ability to make some nice combination plays in the corners of the field allowed her to get behind their backline.”
In the closing minutes of the first half Duff went back on the prowl and netted her second collegiate-goal. Assisting on the goal was Sara Dalton (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.) and Kim Sorteberg (Sr., Anoka, Minn.).
“Duff is always a workhorse,” Stone said. “She has such good movement and that allowed her to get behind the defenders at the right time.”
The Beavers went into halftime up 3-0 without conceding a single shot.
The second half was no different from the first. Just four minutes in, Yesenia Garcia (Jr. Great Bend, Kan.) played a great through ball to Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) who put the ball in the back of the net for her first collegiate goal. Bri Scanlan (So. East Grand Forks, Minn.) was also credited for an assist on the play.
Wanting more, Scanlan scored a goal of her own to add to her assist just 12 minutes later. Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) assisted on the goal.
The sixth goal of the game came on an unassisted play by Skog. Skog was able to break away from her defenders and netted her second goal of the game.
If one goal and two assists weren’t enough, Duff scored the final goal of the game in the 75th minute, giving her two goals, two assists and six points on the day.
Samantha Ross (Jr. Stillwater, Minn.) (1-0) started in goal for the Beavers, but saw little action as she wasn’t required to make a single save.
Abby Kjonaas (So. Fargo, N.D.) played in net during the second half and also saw no shots on goal.
Brianna Duff set new personal single-game highs scoring two goals and collecting two assists. Her three shots on goal were also a personal best, surpassing her old mark of two shots on goal set at Wisconsin-Superior last year.
Analey Skog also set new personal single-game mark scoring two goals.
Kari McAllen and Kirsten Erickston netted their first collegiate goals today.
Brianna Scanlan notched a new personal record for most shots-on-goal in a single game with three.
Sara Dalton recorded her first collegiate point today with her one assist.
Newcomer Yesenia Garcia also recorded her first point as a Beaver with her one assist.