Beavers score five to record five-straight wins
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Beavers score five to record five-straight wins
BEMIDJI, Minn. – One minute and nine seconds after the start of Sunday’s game between the Bemidji State University soccer team and Minnesota, Crookston, the ball was already in the back of the Golden Eagles’ net. That ball would make an appearance four more times in the back of the UMC net as the Beavers blazed to a 5-0 victory.

BSU has not surrendered a goal in over 270 minutes of play, earning a third-consecutive shutout. Leading the defense for the Beavers was senior Alysha Domiano (Dayton, Minn.) who helped limit the UMC shots on goal to only 6 for the contest. Domiano also made a mark on the score sheet tallying an assist on the third goal of the game.

Having scored 11 goals in the past three games, Bemidji State continued its offensive blitz and scored early when senior Jenny Stromberg (For., Elk River, Minn.) netted her second goal of the season at the 1:09 mark. Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.) played a ball up the middle to fellow senior Ashlee Ellefesen (For., Hugo, Minn.). Ellefsen then saw Stromberg making a run down the right side of the field and played a cross over to her. Stromberg buried her chance in the bottom-left corner of the net giving the Beavers the first goal on the first shot of the game.

Keeping up the offensive pressure, Ford found herself in the 18-yard box with one defender to beat, but was fouled on the play and was awarded a penalty kick. The string of events seemed all-to-familiar as Ford was awarded and scored on a penalty kick the last time the Beaver’s played the Golden Eagles on Sept. 7. In similar fashion, Ford scored to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the 17th minute.

In the second half Bemidji State would continue its scoring blitz. Ellefsen would have a hand in two more goals to start the half. In the 51st minute Domiano took control of the ball in the backfield and played the ball to Stromberg who took the ball up the right side of the field. Returning the favor for her first goal, Stromberg found Ellefsen up the middle who placed the ball in the back of the twine for the fourth time this season.

Four minutes later, Ellefsen received the ball from a header by Ford in the midfield and took a shot from 18 yards out. UMC keeper Anna Ogaard made the initial save, but Stromberg made a run onto the rebound and put it home for the second time in the game.

With the game looking to be far out-of-reach for Minnesota, Crookston, BSU added one more goal for safe measure in the 80th minute. Jessie Voeller (Fr., For., White Bear Lake, Minn.) played a through ball to Analey Skog (R-So., For., St. Francis, Minn.) who was making a run up the middle. Skog got a touch on it, but the ball went a bit too far and Ogaard decided to charge out in an attempt to intercept it. In the resulting play Ogaard dove out and bobbled the intercept, as Skog came in after it. Because of Skog’s second efforts, a normally harmless rebound ended up in the back of the net.

In another strong showing by a BSU keeper, Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) turned-away six Golden Eagle shots on goal. The shutout was her second-consecutive and was the sixth of her career.

Just five games into the season there have been 15 different players to record points for the Beavers, including 10 different goal scorers.

Ellefesen leads all players with 11 points (4G, 3A) and only needs three more assists to take over the top spot in the school’s all-time assists list; she is currently tied for second with 19.

Ford is second on the team with 8 points (2G, 4A). With her assist in the game she claims the third spot for all-time assists at BSU. She is also tied for third for all-time points at BSU (69). Ford only needs three more points to take sole possession of second place on the same list, while Ellefsen has already claimed the number-one spot.

The Beavers will return next weekend as they play host to Winona State on Saturday Sept. 25 and Upper Iowa on Sunday Sept. 26. Both games are slated to begin at 1 p.m.