Bemidji girls soccer coach Kelly Schoonover knew her team had not reached its potential during a 7-10 regular season and she was hoping the Lumberjacks would hit full stride in the playoffs.
Tuesday at home against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy BHS did just that.
"During the season it seemed as if we shortchanged ourselves," Schoonover said. "But tonight we left everything on the field."
That 'everything' included a stunned Comet team which was left in the ashes following an 8-2 BHS victory.
Tuesday's win vaulted the Lumberjacks into Thursday's quarterfinals, most likely at Detroit Lakes. The Lakers were seeded No. 2 and Tuesday they entertained No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Barring a major upset the third-seeded Lumberjacks will head to Detroit Lakes for a 4 p.m. game.
"We wanted to play well Tuesday and head into the second round with some confidence," Schoonover said. "The ladies were mentally prepared to play and, more than anything, I saw them playing as a team."
Spry opened the scoring 11:35 into Tuesday's contest and, after goals by Alexa Wang at 21:10 and 24:56, Spry scored her second of the day at 26:29.
The sophomore continued her attack in the second half as she tallied at 7:58, 13:02 and 21:57. Essie Wall ended the scoring at 36:48. Earning assists were Erin Booth, Wang (2), Andrea Hanson (3), Maari Stocker, Paige Niskanen and Sara Ludlow.
The lone blemish was an ankle injury late in the action to Hanson. Her status for Thursday is unknown.
The Lumberjacks took care of business Tuesday by blanking WHA 5-0 and Thursday the second-seeded Jacks will be at home once again when they host No. 3 Detroit Lakes which thumped No. 6 Crookston 4-0 Tuesday.
Austin Kovach scored the only goal BHS would need 11:43 into the game. Max Hazelton notched the first of his two goals five minutes later when he converted Kyle Fodness' feed and David Wyllie capped the first-half scoring at 38:36 when he beat the goalie with help from Ben Peterson.
The 3-0 score stood until the game's final three minutes. Hazelton collected his second of the day at 77:34 and Fodness capped the scoring at 79:08 with help from Tony Smith.
Bemidji netminder Carl Graefe needed to make only one save.
"We came out a little flat," admitted Fodness. "Walker plays hard against us every game but we just kept grinding it out."
"We were sluggish and just went through the motions for the first 30 minutes," said Jacks coach Rick Toward. "We know we can play at a level much higher than we did Tuesday and I'm sure we will Thursday."