BHS girls soccer teams tops Hibbing 2-1
The Bemidji High girls soccer team found the net once again Monday to hand Hibbing a 2-1 setback at the Middle School field.
It squared the Bemidji record at 4-4 and dropped the Bluejackets to 2-5-1.
Bemidji entertains Grand Rapids Thursday, a team that battled Hibbing to a scoreless tie in its last start.
Bemidji and Hibbing entered Monday's game with one thing in common. Neither had scored a goal in its past three games.
But Bemidji took control in the first half, playing some of its best soccer of the young season.
It out shot Hibbing 16-3, put ting shots on goal to the Jackets one and took a 2-0 lead.
It might well have been much more had Bemidji been able to connect on its good shots.
But several missed connections on several sailing high or wide.
The two scores were both picture goals.
The first came at 32.29 when Bronwyn Boyd took a pass from the right side for a point blank shot.
Goalie Becca Marturano turned it back but it went directly to Alexa Wang at the left corner who buried it.
Five minutes later, Andrea Hanson and Erin Booth broke past the Hibbing defense to come in alone with Booth hitting at the crease.
Bemidji held a 16-3 shots bulge at the half with Marturano making seven stops while Nicole Ramos had only one.
Whatever happened at the break was difficult to fathom. For Bemidji came out after the break with no intensity and allowed Hibbing to stay in contention through the entire final 40 minutes, playing on even terms both in shots and field position.
The aggressiveness that was present the first 40 minutes evaporated.
Yet Bemidji was seldom in trouble and it appeared the 2-0 lead would linger until the final whistle.
But with less than two minutes to play, Mia Marturano was left alone in the box to take a feed from her sister Morgan and loft a 20 yarder over the outstretched arms of Ramos just under the cross bar for a goal.
The score gave Hibbing the momentum it hadn't had all day and it increased pressure over the last 100 seconds but was unable to score again.
Ramos ended with five stops. Marturano had 11. Bemidji held a final 20-11 shots advantage.
"I can't understand what happened in the second half," said a puzzled Coach Kelly Schoonover. "It gives us something to work on before Thursday. But I was happy to see the two goals."
The scoring drought continued for the JV which was held scoreless for the fourth straight game in a 2-0 loss. Hibbing scored once in each half.
Whitney Morin had six stops. Mickey Dougherty had seven for the Jackets. The JV is now 1-5-1.
Hibbing 0 1---1
Bemidji 2 0---2
32:39 Bem-Wang (Boyd)
37:38 Bem-Booth (Hanson)
78:11 Hib-Mia Marturano (Morgan Martian)
Hib-B. Marturano 7 4---11
Bem-Ramos 1 4--- 5
Officials Rogers, Kramer and Larson
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Hibbing B 1 1---2
Bemidji B 0 0---0
Hib-Dougherty 3 4---7
Bem-Morin 3 3--6