The Bemidji girls soccer team went back over the .500 mark Thursday, blanking out matched Grand Rapids 3-0 at the Middle School field.
It lifted the girls to 5-4. They head to Brainerd tomorrow to face the Warriors who are 3-3-1 on the year.
Bemidji made hard work of a game it could well have won by a far larger margin.
It scored twice in the first half, then added a final goal in the last 93 seconds to salt the victory away.
But it out shot the Thunderhawks 29-8, put 11 shots on goal to the Rapids' one and controlled play through most of the game.
But its attack was stymied by at least 15 offsides calls, many wiping out potential breakaways. And it came down on odd number breaks on a number of other occasions where the ball handler passed up feeds to an open wing to have her shot stopped.
But overall, Bemidji played perhaps its best soccer of the season.
Erin Booth scored at 3:56 on a pretty breakaway coming in alone to beat Morgan Bruns from close range.
Caitlin Blotske had the second tally at 23:39, again on a breakaway, finding the left corner from 25 yards out on a shot that just eluded Bruns' diving save attempt.
Bemidji had a 17-5 shots bulge at halftime with Bruns making four stops.
Bemidji continued to launch shots during the second stanza but failed to connect until Bronwyn Boyd got free just inside the center line to dribble into the box and beat Bruns from 20 yards straight out.
Boyd had the only assist of the day on Blotske's tally.
Nicole Ramos faced only one shot, making a save on a flurry of action at the crease at the 48:30 mark.
Bruns ended with eight.
Otherwise, Bemidji played stellar defense all day keeping the Rapids well away from the box.
Bemidji lost to Brainerd last year 2-0.
The five wins is now within one of the season total of six in 2008.
The next home game will come Thursday with East Grand Forks.
The B Team ended a four game scoreless streak battling Grand Rapids to a 1-1 tie.
Emily Boyer scored at the 30 minute mark and Sidney Jones of GR equaled the tally at 39:50.
Savannah Schlauderaff had eight saves for the visitors. Whitney Morin needed only five for Bemidji
The JV is now 1-5-2 this year.
Grand Rapids 0 0---0
Bemidji 2 1---3
23:39 Blotske (Boyd)
GR-Bruns 4 4---8
Bem-Ramos 0 1---1
Offcials: Rogers Kramer and Larson
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Grand Rapids JV 1 0---1
Bemidji JV 1 0---1
39:30 GR- Jones
GR-Schlauderaff 3 5---8
Bem-Morin 2 3---5