The Bemidji High girls soccer team broke into the win column for the first time Thursday, blanking young Detroit Lakes 3-0 at the Middle School field.
It leveled the Bemidji record at 1-1 but lifted it to the lead in the Lakes to Prairie Conference at 1-0.
The two teams will meet again at DL Oct. 21.
Bemidji grew stronger as the game wore along scoring all three goals after the half.. The strong defense seldom permitted the visitors a good shot with Nicole Ramos rejecting all nine shots she faced, most from outside the box.
Bemidji was little better, firing steadily all day from long range with five-year goalie Amber Lee seldom tested. She ended with 10 saves.
The opening half was a scoreless standoff with Ramos making six stops and Lee five.
But neither was tested as both teams were content to fire f rom long range.
Bemidji was shooting into a stiff west wind. Choosing to take the wind advantage in the second half.. It coordinated with also having the setting sun at its back the final 40 minutes.
Andrea Hanson had an early scoring chance when she broke past the DL defense for a breakaway. But Lee was up to the task to turn back her 15 yarder.
Bemidji also missed connections on a mid range free kick at the 23:45 mark.
The lone Dl chance came at 35:50 when a 30 yarder was deflected by Ramos past the right post.
It appeared at the break as if one goal might win the game.
Bemidji got that goal at the 51:05 mark when it was awarded a penalty shot which Sarah Eaton drilled past Lee.
That lead lasted for another 13 mintes before Jessy Bruns came up with a loose ball in the crease to beat Lee from point blank range in a scrum. Ann Swartz and Hanson drew assists on the play.
Bemidji's best goal came at the 71 minute mark when Bronwyn Boyd was left unmarked in the box to take a right to left crossing pass and shot untouched to beat Lee from straight out.
From then on it was only a matter of preserving the shutout for Ramos.
It was not that difficult a task as the visitors seldom got into the box. They ended with only five shots in the half and 12 in the game
Bemidji had 20, ten in each half, putting half of the ten on the goal.
Bemidji will have a full week's rest before traveling to Crookston Thursday for another league game. That will be the first of four straight road games.
The next home game is Sept. 13 with Brainerd.
Detroit Lakes, which had only two seniors, dressed five freshmen and an eighth grader.
The loss was the first for the Lakers in two starts. They won their opener over Walker last weekend.
Detroit Lakes 0 0---0
Bemidji 0 3---3
21:05-Eaton, penalty kick
64:25 Bruns (Swartz-Hanson)
DL-Lee 5 5---10
Bem-Ramos 6 3--- 9
Officials; Dan Rogers, Brad Paulson and Jack Judkins