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Stina Haave received an assist during Thursday's game against East Grand Forks when she fed Emily Boyer for a goal in the first half. Trying to block the pass was Ally Eischens (No. 14). Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

BHS girls record first win over EGF in six years

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The Bemidji girls soccer team piled on sophomore goalkeeper Casey Palmer after upsetting Section 8A leading East Grand Forks 2-1 Thursday at the Bemidji middle school.

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The win was Bemidji's first over East Grand Forks in six years.

"This is a huge win for us," said Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover. "We lost to East Grand Forks 9-2 when we played them earlier this year. It feels fantastic to come back and beat them on our home field."

Bemidji (6-3) got on the board in the opening minutes when Emily Boyer scored her fourth goal of the season.

With 14:48 left to play in the first half Josie Spry scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season to give the Lumber jacks a 2-0 lead.

Erin Booth recorded her eighth assist on the play.

"We gained momentum by getting the first two goals," said Schoonover. "Then, we just did what we could to hold on."

EGF was looking to bounce back but Palmer denied a pair of shots in less than a minute from Anna Hulteng.

In the 28th minute East Grand Forks' Dani Pickard looked to have a clear shot for a goal, but Bemidji's Sierra Anderson made a stellar defensive stop from behind.

Palmer's lone miscue came with 4:22 left in the first half. She came forward to stop the EGF attack but left the net open for Pickard who put the Green Wave on the board.

The Lumberjacks led 2-1 at the half.

"It's always nice to get an early lead and have that cushion," said Schoonover. "These girls work hard together and are a fantastic group. They really are like a family."

The Bemidji offense came out attacking in the second half. Early in the stanza Stina Haave broke away from the EGF defense but was denied by goalkeeper Jenna Knutson.

The Lumberjacks appeared to take a 3-1 lead in the 50th minute, but Booth's goal was negated by an offside infraction.

As the second half progressed, it was the Green which threatened to score.

With 17:21 left, however, Palmer made a pair of consecutive stops to hold onto the lead.

Less than two minutes later Jenna Wisk got past the Bemidji defense but, once again, Palmer was in position to snag her shot.

Palmer and the Jacks defense were able to deny an aggressive Green Wave attack the rest of the way and hold on for a 2-1 win.

"Casey had some fantastic saves," said Schoonover. "She is a player who can stay pretty calm under pressure. Whenever the ball came into the 18 she was able to get a hand on it. She had a phenomenal game."

Bemidji will hope to continue its winning ways Saturday when it hosts St. Cloud Apollo at 1 p.m.

Y aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji girls soccer team piled on sophomore goalkeeper Casey Palmer after upsetting Section 8A leading East Grand Forks 2-1 Thursday at the Bemidji middle school.

The win was Bemidji's first over East Grand Forks in six years.

"This is a huge win for us," said Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover. "We lost to East Grand Forks 9-2 when we played them earlier this year. It feels fantastic to come back and beat them on our home field."

Bemidji (6-3) got on the board in the opening minutes when Emily Boyer scored her fourth goal of the season.

With 14:48 left to play in the first half Josie Spry scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season to give the Lumber jacks a 2-0 lead.

Erin Booth recorded her eighth assist on the play.

"We gained momentum by getting the first two goals," said Schoonover. "Then, we just did what we could to hold on."

EGF was looking to bounce back but Palmer denied a pair of shots in less than a minute from Anna Hulteng.

In the 28th minute East Grand Forks' Dani Pickard looked to have a clear shot for a goal, but Bemidji's Sierra Anderson made a stellar defensive stop from behind.

Palmer's lone miscue came with 4:22 left in the first half. She came forward to stop the EGF attack but left the net open for Pickard who put the Green Wave on the board.

The Lumberjacks led 2-1 at the half.

"It's always nice to get an early lead and have that cushion," said Schoonover. "These girls work hard together and are a fantastic group. They really are like a family."

The Bemidji offense came out attacking in the second half. Early in the stanza Stina Haave broke away from the EGF defense but was denied by goalkeeper Jenna Knutson.

The Lumberjacks appeared to take a 3-1 lead in the 50th minute, but Booth's goal was negated by an offside infraction.

As the second half progressed, it was the Green which threatened to score.

With 17:21 left, however, Palmer made a pair of consecutive stops to hold onto the lead.

Less than two minutes later Jenna Wisk got past the Bemidji defense but, once again, Palmer was in position to snag her shot.

Palmer and the Jacks defense were able to deny an aggressive Green Wave attack the rest of the way and hold on for a 2-1 win.

"Casey had some fantastic saves," said Schoonover. "She is a player who can stay pretty calm under pressure. Whenever the ball came into the 18 she was able to get a hand on it. She had a phenomenal game."

Bemidji will hope to continue its winning ways Saturday when it hosts St. Cloud Apollo at 1 p.m.

aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

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