BSU wins OT thriller over Northern State
Saturday, October 9, 2010
BSU wins OT thriller over Northern State
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Picking up their first overtime win of the season, Jenny Stromberg (Sr., For., Elk River, Minn.) scored the golden goal in the 98th minute to help the Beavers claim a 2-1 victory over the Northern State Wolves on Saturday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex.

The majority of the game was a defensive battle as both teams held each other scoreless in the first half. Alysha Domiano (Sr., Def., Dayton, Minn.) helped lead the Beavers defense in the game. Her efforts along with the rest of the Beaver defense in the first half helped limit Northern State’s shots on goal to three. Bemidji State was only able to get two on frame in the half.

The second half was much like the first and it took until the 78th minute before there was a goal. Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., For., Hugo, Minn.) played the ball to Bethany Fluto (Jr., For., Bemidji, Minn.) who was on the right flank outside the 18-yard box. Fluto then quickly played it into the goal area to find Kirsten Erickson (Jr., For., Coon Rapids, Minn.) who put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Unfortunately the one-goal lead wouldn’t last long for the Beavers as the Wolves responded back with a goal just a minute later. Lexi Jares scored from 20-yards out in the 79th minute to even the score. The shot by Jares was the only shot on goal for the Wolves in the half.

After 90 minutes of play both teams found themselves in the 1-1 tie and the Beavers entered overtime for the second time this season. The first OT-game the Beavers played was on Sept. 26 when the Upper Iowa Peacocks scored the game-winner to deliver the only loss to BSU so far this season.

Not looking to concede another OT-goal, the Beavers went on the attack and found their golden goal seven and half minutes into the OT period. Kara Smyth (Sr., Mid., Cary, Ill.) played the ball into the box from the left side of the field to Stromberg. Stromberg then took it in and beat the NSU keeper and put the ball back in the goal for Bemidji State. The goal was her fifth of the season and second game-winner this year.

BSU keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) only faced four shots on goal in the contest as the BSU defense helped limit NSU to only 12 shots in the contest.

With the assist in the game, Ellefsen is currently tied for most career-assists at BSU. She has 22, which ties the old mark set by Lindsey Natwick in 2005. Ellefsen now sits atop all three major career-scoring records at BSU: points (98), goals (38), and assists (22).

Returning to the pitch tomorrow, the Beavers host the University of Mary for another 1 p.m. match at the BSU Soccer Complex.