Upper Iowa squeaks by BSU in overtime
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Upper Iowa squeaks by BSU in overtime
BEMIDJI, Minn. – After defeating a nationally-ranked Winona State, the Bemidji State University soccer team couldn’t put together a strong enough effort to claim a victory over Upper Iowa University on Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex. The Peacocks snapped BSU’s six-game winning streak scoring a goal in the eighth minute of overtime to claim a 3-2 victory.

Bemidji State scored the first goal of the game in the 25th minute when Jenny Stromberg (Sr., For., Elk River, Minn.) netted a goal off a cross that came from Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.). The ball was played from the right side of the net over to Stromberg who placed the ball in the upper left corner of the net.

Upper Iowa would tie the game back at one-a-piece in the 41st minute off a corner kick. The ball was played into the front of the beaver goal and was bobbled around before UIU’s Alyssa Petersburg put it in.

The first half saw Upper Iowa control the vast majority of the play and Bemidji State came out in the second looking to turn things around. Keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) was forced to make 8 saves in the first half alone.

Just 12 minutes into the start of the half Ford scored her own goal after receiving a high through ball from defender Kathryn Bjorge (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.). Upper Iowa’s keeper, Amanda Smith, came out to try to intercept the pass, but Ford was able to chip it over the goalie on top of the 18-yard box and put it in for her third goal of the season.

However, the one goal lead would hardly last for the Beavers as the Peacocks blitzed down the field and took BSU by surprise scoring 14 seconds after the restart. The goal was reminiscent of Saturday’s goal by Winona State when the Warriors scored 11 seconds after the kick off to start the second half.

Bemidji State had two other chances in the second half to gain a third goal, but the Beavers found themselves unlucky as shots by Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., For., Hugo, Minn.) and Stromberg both hit the post and bounced out.

After 90 minutes of play both teams were still deadlocked in at 2-2 tie. In the overtime period Ford had a chance to end the game as she received a cross in front of the Upper Iowa goal, but placed the ball just wide of the net. On the ensuing goal kick the Peacocks were able to get the ball down field and rifle a hard shot on net from 25 yards out. The shot was mishandled by Ross and found its way to the back of the net to give the Peacocks the victory.

Bemidji State will play next weekend traveling to Concordia-St. Paul on Oct. 2 and to St. Cloud State on Oct. 3. The games are set to start at 4:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.