The Section 8A North soccer tournaments reach the semifinal stage today with the Bemidji boys hosting Alexandria at 4 at the Middle School while the girls travel to East Grand Forks for a 3 p.m. contest.
The winners play for the sub -section titles Tuesday at the high seeds. The section finals are Oct. 22 at St. Cloud State, the boys at 5:30 and the girls at 7:30.
A win today for either team would match their best advance in the 21 year history of the program.
The boys won their first two playoff games in 2007 before bowing in the Section 8AA final,.
The girls won twice in 1996 before losing out.
Bemidji advanced with a 4-1 win over WHA in the boys opener Tuesday, making harder work than it should have in a game in which it out shot its opponent 48-8
The girls blanked Detroit Lakes 3-0 in their rubber match with a 34-14 shots advantage.
Alex ousted East Grand Forks 4-0 Tuesday in its opener, a team Bemidji beat 3-2 and tied 2-2 in two meetings this year.
The Cards lost to Detroit Lakes 2-1 with Bemidji tying and losing a one goal game to the unbeaten Lakers.
But Alex has beaten Brainerd and Moorhead which handed Bemidji two one sided losses.
Alex won the Central Lakes Conference title this fall with a 10-2 record and brings an 11-5-1 overall mark into today's game.
Bemidji will need a top performance to pull of the win and move into the expected final with DL.
Rylee Curb and Max Hazelton will lead the attack, Curb with a school record 26 goals and 30 points and Hazelton with eight goals and 10 assists.
Kevin Larson should be a major plus in the net behind a strong defense.
Bemidji is 11-4-2.
Girls seek upset
The girls are decided underdogs to the unbeaten Green Wave which brings a 19-0 mark into play .
Two of the wins are 4-1 over Bemidji. Only Esko, Moorhead and Hibbing have held Wave to less than four.
EGF posted its ninth shutout in the 11-0 runaway win over WHA Tuesday in its opener. Seven other teams have scored only once.
But Bemidji gave one of its best performances against DL Tuesday with Bronwyn Boyd scoring twice and freshman Josie Spry hitting her third goal and narrowly missing her fourth.
The girls ride the 3B punch of Boyd, Caitlin Blotske and Erin Booth plus Andrea Hanson as four double figure scorers and a strong defense backed by Nicole Ramos, completing her third season in the net.
They are 9-8-1 entering today's game.