In soccer, as in hockey, there is nothing stronger than a hot goalie.
And the Bemidji girls soccer team proved that point Saturday, riding the solid net minding of Nicole Ramos to a 1-1 tie at Brainerd.
Ramos was then star of the game, rejecting 29 of Brainerd's 30 shots on goal to keep the home team from ever taking then lead.
Bemidji managed only nine shots on target and made one.
That came at the six minute mark when Andrea Hanson hit her second goal of the year off an Erin Booth feed, connecting from the left side to beat goalie Cami Anderson.
Ramos kept Bemidji in the lead through the half which ended with Brainerd holding a 17-5 shots bulge.
the 1-0 score stood up into the final six minutes when Bemidji was assessed a penalty in the box and Kelli Barnaby connected to tie the score.
But there was no more scoring through those six minutes and 10 minutes of overtime play.
Ramos had 12 more stops after the break. Anderson had another four.
The tie left Bemidji at 5-4-1 entering a key meeting at Moorhead Tuesday.
They host state ranked East Grand Forks Thursday and Apollo Saturday afternoon.
The JV continued its scoring drought bowing 3-0, its fifth shutout in the past six games and sixth overall.
It dropped the team to 1-6-2.
Brainerd scored once in the first half and twice in the second, the final goal on a penalty kick.
Whitney Morin made nine stops. Brooke Nelson had only two for the Warriors.
Bemidji was missing five players due to illness or out of town trips and had only one sub to use in then game.
Bemidji 1 0 0 0---1
Brainerd 0 1 0 0---1
5:00 Bem-Hanson (Booth)
74:00 Brd-Barnaby, penalty kick
Bem-Ramos 17 12---29
Brd-Anderson 4 4--- 8
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Bemidji JV 0 0---0
Brainerd 1 2---3
57:00 C. Nelson, penalty kick
Bem-Morin 6 3---9
Brd-B. Nelson 1 1---2