Beavers upset No. 24 Winona State 3-2
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Beavers upset No. 24 Winona State 3-2
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team picked up its second-ever victory over the No. 24 Winona State Warriors on Saturday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex. Scoring first, the Beavers never looked back and held on to capture a 3-2 win.

The Beavers started the game looking a bit nervous and the Warriors took advantage of it taking four shots in the first 14 minutes, one of the shots was on net, but was turned away by BSU keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.). However, Bemidji State was able to settle down and got back to playing its type of soccer.

Senior forward and co-captain, Ashlee Ellefsen (Hugo, Minn.) had a hand in each BSU goal on the day, assisting on two and scoring one. In the 24th minute, Ellefsen lined-up to take a corner kick. Her service was low and fellow co-captain Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.) collected the ball at the near post and played it back out to Ellefsen. Ellefsen then played a high cross into the front of the Winona State goal. Brianna Duff (Jr., Def., Ramsey, Minn.) was in the right spot and put a header toward goal. Her attempt tucked under the cross bar, just out of reach for the Warrior keeper Anna Belpedio. The goal was Duff’s first of the season.

The first half would come to a close with Winona State starting to gain some momentum back, but the scoreline would stay safely in BSU’s possession.

Winona State looked to rally in the second half and caught the Beavers off-guard scoring just 11 seconds after the start of the half. Luckily the goal didn’t dampen Bemidji State’s hopes and the Beavers rallied back with two goals of their own.

In the 51st minute, Ford carried the ball down the left wing of the Winona State zone. She saw Ellefsen making a run at the far side of the goal and made a cross over to her. Anticipating the cross, Ellefsen got behind the Winona State defender and placed a perfect header past Belpedio for her fifth goal of the season.

Just seven minutes later the Beavers added another goal to go up 3-1. Ellefsen had the ball on top of the WSU 18-yard box and played the ball to Bri Scanlan (Jr., For., East Grand Forks, Minn.). After receiving the ball, Scanlan placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the net. The goal was her second on the season and her second-collegiate game winner.

Winona State would add a second goal later in the 72nd minute, when Melissa Sellier stole the ball and took a shot from 20 yards out that found itself in the far top corner of the net.

Ignoring the bump in the road, Ross and the rest of the Beaver defense held on for the remaining 18 minutes to seal the victory. Ross had an excellent day in net making nine saves in net for the Beavers.

Ellefsen now only needs two more assists to claim the all-time assists leader at BSU. She currently has 21 in her career, five on the season.

Ford only needs four more points to take over second place on the all-time points leaders at BSU, she currently has 68. Ellefsen already claims first-place in career points with 95.

The BSU soccer team will play again tomorrow at home when they host Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m.