BSU wins first conference test of season
Saturday, September 18, 2010
BSU wins first conference test of season
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team picked-up it’s fourth win and second straight shutout of the season blanking the MSU Moorhead Dragons 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex.

The Beavers success on set-pieces made a huge difference in the game as two of BSU’s three goals were created from corner kicks.

In the 21st minute, Kara Smyth (Sr., Mid., Cary, Ill.) took the first corner kick of the game for the Beavers. Smyth delivered a low ball to the near post that found the foot of fellow-senior Alysha Domiano (Def., Dayton, Minn.). Domiano didn’t hesitate and chipped the ball into the top corner of the net to give the Beavers the go-ahead goal. The goal was Domiano’s first since her freshman campaign of 2007 and is her first-career game winner.

On another corner before the end of the half Kari McAllen (Jr., Mid., Fargo, N.D.) put a high ball in front of the net. Brianna Duff (Jr., Def., Ramsey, Minn.) got her head on the ball, but unfortunately put it just wide of the goal. The half would end with the Beavers up 1-0.

MSU Moorhead wasn’t looking to quit and entered the second half fired up. They forced Beaver keeper Abby Kjonaas (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) to make a save just 38 seconds into the start of the half. The Dragons kept pressing, but were called offside on the ensuing attack.

Luckily the Beavers responded and increased their lead in the 62nd minute. On a MSUM throw in, Samantha Lumberg (Fr., Mid., Woodbury, Minn.) intercepted the ball in the BSU defensive third of the field proceeded to take the ball up field playing a through all over the heads of the Dragon defenders to Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., For., Hugo, Minn.). Ellefsen got a touch on the ball to beat the MSUM keeper who was charging out to intercept the through ball. Ellefsen finished by making a sliding kick from an oblique angle to put the ball in the back of the net, scoring her third goal of the season.

The Beavers squashed any hope of a Dragon comeback in the 79th minute when they scored their third goal of the game. Lining up to take a corner kick, Ellefsen put the ball up high at the near post. Tiffany VanHaaften (So., Mid., Chaska, Minn.) went up for the header and put the ball past the keeper to score her first goal of the season.

Bemidji State wasn’t done pressing and wanted to add to their goal collection. In the 84th minute Jessie Voeller (Fr., For., White Bear Lake, Minn.) carried the ball down the right flank and played a cross to the far post. Kirsten Erickson (Jr., For., Coon Rapids, Minn.) struck the ball off the volley beating the keeper. However, the play was ruled to be offside and no goal was awarded.

Also in the closing minutes of the game, Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.) played a through ball to freshman Liz Erickson (For., Zimmerman, Minn.) who found herself a couple strides ahead of the Dragon defenders. Instead of getting the extra touch in and risk losing possession, Erickson opted to put the ball on net. The ball unfortunately found it’s way into the arms of the MSUM keeper.

Kjonaas is now 2-0-0 on the season and picked up her first shutout of the season. She turned away eight shots on goal en route to her third-career clean sheet.

Picking up her first assist on the season, Ellefsen inches closer to taking over another career record at BSU. She now sits with 17 career assists and only needs six more to claim the top spot.

With the win Bemidji State has posted victories in nine of the past 11 meetings against MSUM.

The Beavers will return to the pitch tomorrow when they host Minnesota, Crookston at 1 p.m.