DETROIT LAKES – After playing four games in six days, including an emotional 1-1 draw with St. Cloud Cathedral Saturday and Monday’s 3-2 victory at Detroit Lakes, it’s time for the Bemidji boys soccer team to take a break.
That opportunity has finally arrived. Bemidji is off until Saturday when it visits Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Following that game BHS will have another extended break before hosting Hibbing Sept. 20.
“We are tired. We are mentally exhausted,” said Lumberjacks coach Rick Toward after Monday’s victory. “We played in a hostile environment, under the lights in a very physical game. The game was pretty ugly all the way around but we found a way to win it.”
Monday’s victory upped Bemidji’s record to 6-0-1 but for the first time this fall the Lumberjacks were forced to come from behind.
Riley Brooks’ first-half goal was offset by a pair of Detroit Lakes tallies. With 25 minutes remaining in regulation Isak Sommer tied the score by converting Austin Kovach’s feed. And 12 minutes later Brooks notched his second of the season and of the night when he took Seth Wall’s feed, dribbled through the defense and beat Laker goalkeeper Connor Johnson.
“It was a blue-collar effort,” Toward said. “Heading into the game I feared that we wouldn’t be at our best because we were coming off Saturday’s emotional game against Cathedral.
“When we were down 2-1 we started to gain our composure and play our game,” the coach continued. “It was great to see how we responded from being behind for the first time. Sometimes a good team needs to win ugly and Monday we won ugly.”
Bemidji 1 2 - 3
Detroit Lakes 1 1 - 2
B-Brooks (Sommer). 12:25
DL-Hallisey (unassisted). 32:21
DL-Hallisey (unassisted). 47:39
B-Sommer (Kovach). 55:13
B-Brooks (Wall). 67:35
McNallan (B) 4; Johnson (DL) 11