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Bemidji State soccer season ends on penalty kicks in loss to St. Cloud State

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The Bemidji State soccer team was seven minutes away from advancing to the NSIC Tournament semifinals Wednesday night at Husky Stadium.

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But a late regulation goal by St. Cloud State tied the game at 1-1 and after two overtime periods, the Huskies edged Beavers 6-5 on penalty kicks in seven rounds.

"The effort was there and it was there all year; this game was no different," BSU head coach Jim Stone said. "The girls battled hard for 110 minutes and came up a little bit short in overtime. St Cloud State is a great team and there's a reason why they finished third."

The Beavers ended the season with a 11-6-2 record and it marked the fifth season with 10 or more wins for coach Stone.

"I'm proud of the girls and how hard they worked this year," Stone said. "We were able to fight through some difficult injuries and to get into the tournament. We might not be able to see it now, but when we look back in a couple months we'll realize how much we accomplished as a group."

Samantha Ross had another strong night in goal for Bemidji State making eight saves, including a fingertip save to flip the ball over the crossbar during the second half. She recorded one save in the shootout.

Kari McAllen scored her second career goal just minutes before the end of first half to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead going into the second half.

The game was the last for seniors Maddie Pletta, Linsey Olesiak and Kim Sorteberg.

Pletta started 42 consecutive games for BSU, Olesiak never missed a game and Sorteberg played a key support role this season.

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