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Bemidji State soccer upsets No. 24 Winona State, remains unbeaten

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Bemidji State soccer upsets No. 24 Winona State, remains unbeaten
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The Bemidji State University soccer team picked up its second-ever victory over the No. 24 Winona State Warriors on Saturday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex.

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Scoring first, the Beavers never looked back and held on to capture a 3-2 win.

The win keeps Bemidji State perfect on the season with a 6-0-0 record.

The Beavers started the game looking a bit nervous and the Warriors took advantage of it taking four shots in the first 14 minutes, one of the shots was on net, but was turned away by BSU keeper Samantha Ross. However, Bemidji State was able to settle down and got back to playing its type of soccer.

Senior forward and co-captain, Ashlee Ellefsen, had a hand in each BSU goal on the day. She assisted on two goals and scored one.

In the 24th minute, Ellefsen lined-up to take a corner kick. Her service was low and fellow co-captain Jamie Ford collected the ball at the near post and played it back out to Ellefsen.

Ellefsen then played a high cross into the front of the Winona State goal. Brianna Duff was in the right spot and put a header toward goal. Her attempt tucked under the cross bar, just out of reach for the Warrior keeper Anna Belpedio. The goal was Duff's first of the season.

The first half would come to a close with Winona State starting to gain some momentum back, but the scoreline would stay safely in BSU's possession.

Winona State looked to rally in the second half and caught the Beavers off-guard scoring just 11 seconds after the start of the half.

In the 51st minute, Ford carried the ball down the left wing of the Winona State zone. She saw Ellefsen making a run at the far side of the goal and made a cross over to her. Anticipating the cross, Ellefsen got behind the Winona State defender and placed a perfect header past Belpedio for her fifth goal of the season.

Just seven minutes later the Beavers added another goal to go up 3-1.

Ellefsen had the ball on top of the WSU 18-yard box and played the ball to Bri Scanlan. After receiving the ball, Scanlan placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the net. The goal was her second on the season and her second-collegiate game winner.

Winona State would add a second goal later in the 72nd minute, when Melissa Sellier stole the ball and took a shot from 20 yards out that found itself in the far top corner of the net.

Ross and the rest of the Beaver defense held on for the remaining 18 minutes to seal the victory. Ross had an excellent day in net making nine saves in net for the Beavers.

The BSU soccer team hosts Upper Iowa?Sunday at 1 p.m. at BSU?Soccer Field.

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