The Maruaders started the game with more jump in their step as Bemidji State found itself on defensive side of the ball for the majority of the first half. Both goalkeepers kept the game scoreless after 45 minutes of play; for the Beavers Samantha Ross (Sr., GK, Stillwater, Minn.) made three saves in the half while U-Mary keeper Ashley Akers made one.
In the second half the University of Mary was able to pull a season-first on BSU, as they opened the scoring in the 50th minute. Previously the Beavers had scored the opening goal in each game this season. The U-Mary goal was from Megan Helrung who struck a ball in from 25-yards out on a free kick.
Finding themselves in their first deficit of the season, the Beavers rallied back and evened the score 18 minutes later. Kara Smyth (Sr., Mid., Cary, Ill.) lined up to take a corner and placed her service at the far post. Tiffany VanHaaften (So., Mid., Chaska, Minn.) jumped for the ball and headed it back into the front of the goal. Finding the loose ball, Alysha Domiano (Sr., Def., Dayton, Minn.) kicked it off the volley for her second goal of the season.
With just over 20 minutes left in the game both teams started pressuring more, but neither side could find the game-winner in regulation. After entering into overtime on Saturday, the Beavers were headed back into OT for the second day in a row, and the third time this season.
Bemidji State had possession to start the first overtime period and they didn’t waste time to find a scoring chance. Just 1:46 after the start of overtime, Jenny Stromberg (Sr., For., Elk River, Minn.) played the ball down the right wing and crossed the ball into the U-Mary goal area. Ford was at the other end of the cross and placed the ball in the lower left corner to end the game with another Beaver victory.
Ross made four saves on the day en route to her eighth win of the season.
The BSU soccer team will hit the road this upcoming weekend as they travel to Wayne State College on Saturday and to Augustana on Sunday. Game times are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.