McAllen's late goal guides BSU past Minot State 1-0
Saturday, October 23, 2010
McAllen's late goal guides BSU past Minot State 1-0
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Junior Kari McAllen (Mid., Fargo, N.D.) picked an opportune moment to net her first goal of the season Saturday, as her goal at 83:18 lifted the Bemidji State University soccer team to a 1-0 victory against Minot State University at the BSU Soccer Field.

On the last home game of the season, the senior class bid farewell by picking up the team’s 12th win on the season, tying the school record. The BSU soccer team has had two previous season with 12 wins, in 2008 and in 2005.

The BSU offense was a bit sluggish to start the game as Minot State had more shots on target in the first half. BSU keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) made her final regular-season start in her career making three saves in the half to keep the game scoreless. Bemidji State actually had more shots than Minot State in the first half, but only one found its way on net.

The second half started out the same way the first ended as neither team’s offense could get much of an attack going. Again Minot State placed more shots on net, this time forcing Abby Kjonaas (Jr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) to make four saves in the half.

With the game winding down in the final minutes, BSU’s offense started pressing stronger with Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., Fwd., Hugo, Minn.) taking a shot that ended up going wide of the net. Her shot was cleared out by the Minot State defense, but found its way to McAllen’s foot. McAllen rocketed a shot back on net from the top of the box. Her shot found its way to the lower left corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

The tandem of Ross and Kjonaas combined for seven saves to complete the clean sheet for Bemidji State.

BSU has one more weekend left in the regular season, traveling to Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday before heading to Minnesota State on Sunday. Game times are set for noon and 1 p.m., respectively.