BSU fires past Viterbo 4-2 in home opener
Sunday, September 5, 2010
BSU fires past Viterbo 4-2 in home opener
BEMIDJI, Minn. –  Four different players scored goals for the Bemidji State University soccer team on Sunday afternoon, as the Beavers cruised to a 4-2 victory over Viterbo University.

The Beavers controlled the flow of the game from start to finish, out-shooting the V-Hawks 39-10.

“We created an enormous amount of opportunities today,” commented head coach Jim Stone. “I think we’re starting to figure out who links up well together.”

Opening the scoring for the Beavers in the 17th minute was Jenny Stromberg (Sr., For., Elk River, Minn.) when, after receiving the ball on a cross from midfielder Kara Smyth (Sr., Cary, Ill.), chipped it over the goalie from the right side of the box. The goal would be the only for the Beavers in the half as Viterbo keeper Stephanie Stacey turned away a total 10 shots on goal to end the half.

Heading into the new half, it would be Viterbo that would score first to even the scoreline in the 61st minute. However, the Beavers were undeterred and would end up going on a three-goal blitz.

In the 68th minute Bri Scanlan (Jr., For., East Grand Forks, Minn.) scored to give the Beavers their lead back. Tiffany Van Haaften (So., Mid., Chaska, Minn.) headed the ball to Scanlan who was open on the right side of the net. Scanlan didn’t miss the opportunity and put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Just four minute later BSU struck again this time coming from the duo of Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., For., Hugo, Minn.) and Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.). Ford passed the ball to her left to Ellefesen who then rifled a shot from the top of the box, scoring her second goal in as many games.

Ford wasn’t done setting up her teammates when 35 seconds later played a through ball to freshman Jessie Voeller (For., White Bear Lake, Minn.). Voeller carried the ball into the box and beat the keeper to help insure a Beaver victory over the V-Hawks.

“We’re coming together, our spacing is better, and we’re seeing a lot more combinations,” Ford said.

Viterbo would end up scoring another goal in the 86th minute off of a redirection to bring the final score to 4-2.

The game saw seven different BSU players pick up points on the score sheet.

On the weekend, both Ellefsen and Voeller had two goals, Ford picked up three assists, Smyth had one goal and one assist, while VanHaaften had two assists.

Ellefesen scored both game-winning goals over the weekend.

The BSU soccer team will play again on Tuesday, traveling to Crookston, Minn. to take on the Golden Eagels in a non-conference match. The game is set to start at 4 p.m.

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