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Bemidji boys unable to find intensity at Hibbing

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Coming off the emotional high of seeing his team defeat conference and section rival Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-1 Tuesday Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward was concerned that the Lumberjacks would not be ready to play their best Thursday at Hibbing.

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And his fears proved to be justified as the Jacks dropped a 3-2 decision.

"We didn't get off the bus until we were behind 2-0 in the second half," Toward said. "We lacked total team intensity. Nobody is going to give you a game. You're not going to win just by showing up and (Thursday) we paid the price."

Hibbing scored the lone goal of the first half on a shot that deflected off BHS goalie Carl Graefe 17 minutes into the action.

The 1-0 score stood through the rest of the half but eight minutes into the second stanza the Bluejackets doubled their lead when Shay Rabbers' pass somehow evaded four Bemidji defenders and found Zane Anderson who tapped it into the opener corner.

"After that goal we woke up a little bit," Toward said.

The Jacks began to apply pressure and with four minutes remaining in the game Kyle Fodness connected on a penalty kick. The Lumberjacks continued their attack in the waning stages but with two minutes to play Hibbing kicked over the pressure and Rabbers scored on a breakaway.

Patrick Trummer brought BHS within 3-2 with a goal in the final minute and the Jacks forced Hibbing goalie Alex Hammre, who replaced the starter late in the game, to make a key save.

Time expired, however, before Bemidji could set up the corner kick.

"We gave away a game today," Toward said. "This wasn't a section or a conference game but it is one we should have won."

The loss dropped the Lumberjacks to 7-4. They will return home 3 p.m. Saturday against Brainerd.

Hibbing 3, Bemidji 2

Bemidji 0 2 - 2

Hibbing 1 2 - 3

First Half

H-Peiffer (unassisted) 17:00

Second Half

H-Anderson (Rabbers) 48:00

B-Fodness (penalty kick) 76:00

H-Rabbers (unassisted) 78:00

B-Trummer (Fodness) 79:00

Saves

Greif (B) 4 2 - 6

Hakomaki (H) 5 10 - 15

Hammre (H) 0 1 - 1

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Coming off the emotional high of seeing his team defeat conference and section rival Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-1 Tuesday Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward was concerned that the Lumberjacks would not be ready to play their best Thursday at Hibbing.

And his fears proved to be justified as the Jacks dropped a 3-2 decision.

"We didn't get off the bus until we were behind 2-0 in the second half," Toward said. "We lacked total team intensity. Nobody is going to give you a game. You're not going to win just by showing up and (Thursday) we paid the price."

Hibbing scored the lone goal of the first half on a shot that deflected off BHS goalie Carl Graefe 17 minutes into the action.

The 1-0 score stood through the rest of the half but eight minutes into the second stanza the Bluejackets doubled their lead when Shay Rabbers' pass somehow evaded four Bemidji defenders and found Zane Anderson who tapped it into the opener corner.

"After that goal we woke up a little bit," Toward said.

The Jacks began to apply pressure and with four minutes remaining in the game Kyle Fodness connected on a penalty kick. The Lumberjacks continued their attack in the waning stages but with two minutes to play Hibbing kicked over the pressure and Rabbers scored on a breakaway.

Patrick Trummer brought BHS within 3-2 with a goal in the final minute and the Jacks forced Hibbing goalie Alex Hammre, who replaced the starter late in the game, to make a key save.

Time expired, however, before Bemidji could set up the corner kick.

"We gave away a game today," Toward said. "This wasn't a section or a conference game but it is one we should have won."

The loss dropped the Lumberjacks to 7-4. They will return home 3 p.m. Saturday against Brainerd.

Hibbing 3, Bemidji 2

Bemidji 0 2 - 2

Hibbing 1 2 - 3

First Half

H-Peiffer (unassisted) 17:00

Second Half

H-Anderson (Rabbers) 48:00

B-Fodness (penalty kick) 76:00

H-Rabbers (unassisted) 78:00

B-Trummer (Fodness) 79:00

Saves

Greif (B) 4 2 - 6

Hakomaki (H) 5 10 - 15

Hammre (H) 0 1 - 1

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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