Soccer completes weekend sweep; downs SCSU 1-0
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Soccer completes weekend sweep; downs SCSU 1-0
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – After being eliminated by St. Cloud State in last year’s playoffs, the Bemidji State University soccer team made sure that this time it would be leaving St. Cloud with the win. Controlling the majority of play, the Beavers did just that, defeating the Huskies 1-0 behind Ashlee Ellefsen’s (Sr., For., Hugo, Minn.) goal in the 61st minute.

“When we’re ready to play and are motived, we can put a very good product on the field and it was great to see two good efforts this weekend,” said head coach Jim Stone.

The scoring chances started early in the game for both teams, but the Huskies had the first attempt as Bemidji State keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) was forced to make a save just 44 seconds after the start of the game. BSU would later have an attempt of their own when in the 18th minute the Beavers were awarded a corner kick. The service found the head of Tiffany VanHaaften (So., Mid., Chaska, Minn.). However, the header shot was stopped by St. Cloud State’s keeper, Molly Bender.

Bemidji State kept up the offensive pressure and gained another corner kick four minutes later. This time the ball found its way to Jenny Stromberg (Sr., For., Elk River, Minn.), who put the ball on target. Unfortunately, Bender foiled the Beaver attack and kept the game at a scoreless tie. In the 35th minute, it looked as if the Beavers would finally get on the board behind a shot from Kirsten Erickson (Jr., For., Coon Rapids, Minn.), but this time the shot ricocheted off the cross bar and failed to go in the back of the net.

Starting off the second half St. Cloud State’s Lindsey Sather was called for a yellow card. The resulting free kick taken by Jamie Ford (R-Sr., For., Edina, Minn.) would find its way on target, but yet again the shot was stopped by Bender. On another corner kick for the Beavers, shortly after the SCSU yellow card, Brianna Duff (Jr., Def., Ramsey, Minn.) would put a header just over the net.

Just two minutes after the header attempt by Duff, the Beavers would find the goal they were searching for when Ford teamed up with Ellefsen in the 61st minute to give the Beavers a 1-0 advantage. Ford was carrying the ball in the middle of the field and saw Ellefsen making a run towards the right flank. After receiving the ball from Ford, Ellefesen fired a rocket of a shot from the top right corner of the 18-yard box. The ball soared into the far upper corner of the net with no chance of being saved. The goal was Ellefsen’s sixth of the season and Ford’s eighth assist.

Shortly after Bemidji State took the lead, the Huskies almost came back to tie the game in the 64th minute, but Ross was there to make the save and keep the clean sheet alive for the Beavers.

“Ross had a good awareness about her today,” Stone said. “She made good decisions and she simplified the game; and when a goalkeeper can do that, they make the game much easier for themselves. She played as good as any coach would want their goalkeeper too play today.”

Not looking to rest on their laurels, the Beavers went back on the attack when they were awarded another corner kick late in the game. This time defender Alysha Domiano (Sr., Dayton, Minn.) got a head on the ball. Domiano scored earlier this season from a corner kick, snapping a two-year scoring drought. However, this time Domiano wouldn’t get the bounce she needed to get another goal as her header went off the cross bar. Luckily for the Beavers the would-be goal wasn’t needed and they went on to complete the weekend sweep.

“Were really trying to concentrate on playing our best and making sure that our effort each game is the best that we can give. We’re excited that we were able to play well over an entire weekend and prove to ourselves that we can play well in back-to-back games.”

The Bemidji State soccer team will be back at home this upcoming weekend, hosting Northern State on Saturday and the University of Mary on Sunday. Both games are slated to begin at 1 p.m.