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Balanced Beavers topple Viterbo

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Four different players scored goals for the Bemidji State soccer team on Sunday as the Beavers cruised to a 4-2 victory over Viterbo University.

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The Beavers controlled the flow of the game from start to finish, outshooting the V-Hawks 39-10.

"We created an enormous amount of opportunities," said BSU head coach Jim Stone. "I think we're starting to figure out who links up well together."

Opening the scoring for the Beavers in the 17th minute was Jenny Stromberg, who took a pass crossing pass from midfielder Kara Smyth and chipped it over the goalie from the right side of the box. The goal would be the only for the Beavers in the half as Viterbo keeper Stephanie Stacey turned away 10 shots on goal to end the half.

Viterbo tied the game in the 61st minute, but the Beavers answered with a three-goal blitz.

In the 68th minute Bri Scanlan scored to give the Beavers their lead back. Tiffany Van Haaften headed the ball to Scanlan, who was open on the right side of the net.

Just four minutes later BSU struck again, this time with Ashlee Ellefsen converting a pass from Jamie Ford to score her second goal in as many games.

Ford set up Bemidji State's final goal 35 seconds later, passing to Jessie Voeller for the score.

"We're coming together, our spacing is better, and we're seeing a lot more combinations," said Ford.

Viterbo would end up scoring another goal in the 86th minute off a redirection to bring the final score to 4-2.

Ellefesen scored both game-winning goals over the weekend.

The BSU soccer team will play again on Tuesday, traveling to Crookston, Minn. to take on the Golden Eagles in a non-conference match. The game is set to start at 4 p.m.

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