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Matt Bitter thwarted a Detroit Lakes scoring opportunity during Saturday's 7-0 Lumberjacks victory. Pioneer Photo/Pat Miller

Bemidji gains semifinals of Section 8A tournament

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A year ago the Bemidji boys soccer team opened the Section 8A playoffs with a 4-0 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and a 1-0 win over Detroit Lakes. This year the Lumberjacks faced those same two teams during the first two rounds of the playoffs and the results have been even more impressive.

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After disposing of WHA 9-0 Thursday the Jacks dominated Detroit Lakes 7-0 Saturday at the middle school field.

The reward for Saturday's effort was a spot in the section semifinals and Tuesday's home game against either Little Falls or St. Cloud Cathedral. Those teams also squared off Saturday and the winner will earn a trip to Bemidji for Tuesday's 4 p.m. contest.

"I think we're playing better now than we were a year ago," said BHS coach Rick Toward whose 2010 team advanced all the way to the Section 8A final where it fell to St. Cloud Cathedral 3-0.

"Overall we are playing well and making good decisions. Detroit Lakes is a very good team. The won five of their last six games, including a win over Hillcrest (Lutheran Academy) in the final regular season game which gave us the conference title," Toward continued. "Then Detroit Lakes went to East Grand Forks and won in a shootout. They are a good team and we had to play well to win. And the caliber of play during the rest of the playoffs will improve significantly."

The Lumberjacks did not handle their game plan well in the first half, according to Toward, but still managed to lead 2-0 at intermission despite having to attack into the teeth of a strong northwest wind.

"I didn't think we played very well in the first 40 minutes," the coach said. "Our game is to possess the ball but it seemed that we were playing more of a kick-ball type of game."

BHS scored what proved to be the only goal it would need 20 minutes into the first half. Patrick Trummer started the play with a free kick from the left side of the box. The kick was blocked by the defense but the rebound came to Austin Kovach who relayed the ball to Kyle Fodness at the right post. And Fodness tapped in his 19th goal of the fall.

The home team notched a back-breaker with 35 seconds remaining in the stanza with the help of another free kick. David Wyllie directed the kick to Fodness who redirected the ball to the right side of the box where Patrick Trummer was stationed.

With the wind at their backs the Lumberjacks dominated the Lakers in the second session. Nick Gorick started the onslaught with a goal 9:05 into the action and three minutes later Trummer notched his second. Alex Schussman connected at the 56-minute mark and goals by Kovach with 8:45 to play and Trummer with two minutes to go ended the scoring.

"It's nice to have Patrick do what he does so well (get into position to score) but I think the difference in the second half was that our buildup (possession in the middle of the field) was much better," Toward said. "And we'll have to play that way again on Tuesday."

Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 0

Detroit Lakes 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 2 5 - 7

First Half

B-Fodness (Kovach) 19:56

B-Trummer (Fodness) 39:25

Second Half

B-Gorick (Trummer) 49:05

B-Trummer (unassisted) 51:40

B-Schussman (unassisted) 71:15

B-Trummer (unassisted) 77:41

Saves

VanOffelen (DL) 9 5 - 14

Graefe (B) 0 2 - 2

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

A year ago the Bemidji boys soccer team opened the Section 8A playoffs with a 4-0 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and a 1-0 win over Detroit Lakes. This year the Lumberjacks faced those same two teams during the first two rounds of the playoffs and the results have been even more impressive.

After disposing of WHA 9-0 Thursday the Jacks dominated Detroit Lakes 7-0 Saturday at the middle school field.

The reward for Saturday's effort was a spot in the section semifinals and Tuesday's home game against either Little Falls or St. Cloud Cathedral. Those teams also squared off Saturday and the winner will earn a trip to Bemidji for Tuesday's 4 p.m. contest.

"I think we're playing better now than we were a year ago," said BHS coach Rick Toward whose 2010 team advanced all the way to the Section 8A final where it fell to St. Cloud Cathedral 3-0.

"Overall we are playing well and making good decisions. Detroit Lakes is a very good team. The won five of their last six games, including a win over Hillcrest (Lutheran Academy) in the final regular season game which gave us the conference title," Toward continued. "Then Detroit Lakes went to East Grand Forks and won in a shootout. They are a good team and we had to play well to win. And the caliber of play during the rest of the playoffs will improve significantly."

The Lumberjacks did not handle their game plan well in the first half, according to Toward, but still managed to lead 2-0 at intermission despite having to attack into the teeth of a strong northwest wind.

"I didn't think we played very well in the first 40 minutes," the coach said. "Our game is to possess the ball but it seemed that we were playing more of a kick-ball type of game."

BHS scored what proved to be the only goal it would need 20 minutes into the first half. Patrick Trummer started the play with a free kick from the left side of the box. The kick was blocked by the defense but the rebound came to Austin Kovach who relayed the ball to Kyle Fodness at the right post. And Fodness tapped in his 19th goal of the fall.

The home team notched a back-breaker with 35 seconds remaining in the stanza with the help of another free kick. David Wyllie directed the kick to Fodness who redirected the ball to the right side of the box where Patrick Trummer was stationed.

With the wind at their backs the Lumberjacks dominated the Lakers in the second session. Nick Gorick started the onslaught with a goal 9:05 into the action and three minutes later Trummer notched his second. Alex Schussman connected at the 56-minute mark and goals by Kovach with 8:45 to play and Trummer with two minutes to go ended the scoring.

"It's nice to have Patrick do what he does so well (get into position to score) but I think the difference in the second half was that our buildup (possession in the middle of the field) was much better," Toward said. "And we'll have to play that way again on Tuesday."

Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 0

Detroit Lakes 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 2 5 - 7

First Half

B-Fodness (Kovach) 19:56

B-Trummer (Fodness) 39:25

Second Half

B-Gorick (Trummer) 49:05

B-Trummer (unassisted) 51:40

B-Schussman (unassisted) 71:15

B-Trummer (unassisted) 77:41

Saves

VanOffelen (DL) 9 5 - 14

Graefe (B) 0 2 - 2

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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