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Bemidji's Josie Spry does some fancy legwork to slip the ball past Grand Rapids defender Alta Brown during Monday's 5-1 Lumberjacks victory. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Booth-Spry combination carries Jacks to victory

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If you are going to stop the Bemidji girls soccer team the mission is simple: keep the ball away from Erin Booth, Caitlin Blotske and Joise Spry.

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Although the task appears obvious, executing the game plan can be difficult.

Monday at home against Grand Rapids two-thirds of Bemidji's offensive punch were unstoppable as Booth had a hat trick and an assist and Spry two goals and two assists. Those efforts led the Lumberjacks to a 5-1 victory.

Spry assisted Booth's first goal at the two-minute mark and five minutes later Spry scored courtesy of Stina Haave's assist.

With Bemidji leading 2-1 at intermission the duo promptly ended any hopes of a Thunderhawks comeback as Booth assisted on Spry's goal 17 minutes into the second stanza and Spry returned the favor on Booth's tally two minutes later.

Booth added an exclamation point to the victory with 10 minutes to go when she took Kaila Long Voelkner's feed and scored on a breakaway.

"Erin and Josie work well setting each other for the goals," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. "The Erin/Josie combination usually starts with a quick ground pass in front of the net. They are very good at anticipating what the other is going to do so the passes usually result in a shot on the net."

Booth's three goals and assist increased her season point total to 11 goals and 10 assists. Spry's statistics sheet now includes 13 goals and three assists.

Although Blotske did not earn a point Monday the senior has 10 goals and six assists on her ledger.

Casey Palmer had another outstanding day in the net as she stopped 16 shots, including 10 in the opening 40 minutes.

"Grand Rapids was trying to sneak somebody behind our defense so many of the shots Casey faced were breakaways or one-on-ones," Schoonover said. "She did a great job of coming out and challenging the runner. It is always a tough decision whether to come out or to stay in the net and Casey made all the right choices."

Monday's victory was Bemidji's eighth in 12 games. The game also ended a streak which saw BHS play on Thursday, Saturday and Monday, going 2-1 during that stretch.

The Jacks, who went 2-1 during a stretch which saw them play Thursday, Saturday and Monday, now have a few days off. Their next game is Saturday at Moorhead.

Bemidji 5, Grand Rapids 1

Grand Rapids 1 0 - 1

Bemidji 2 3 - 5

First Half

B-Booth (Spry), 2:00

B-Spry (Haave), 7:00

GR-Brown (unassisted), 22:00

Second Half

B-Spry (Booth), 57:00

B-Booth (Spry), 59:00

B-Booth (Long-Voelkner), 70:00

Saves

Scholl (GR) 7 x - 7

Holom (GR) x 9 - 9

Palmer (B) 10 6 - 16

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

If you are going to stop the Bemidji girls soccer team the mission is simple: keep the ball away from Erin Booth, Caitlin Blotske and Joise Spry.

Although the task appears obvious, executing the game plan can be difficult.

Monday at home against Grand Rapids two-thirds of Bemidji's offensive punch were unstoppable as Booth had a hat trick and an assist and Spry two goals and two assists. Those efforts led the Lumberjacks to a 5-1 victory.

Spry assisted Booth's first goal at the two-minute mark and five minutes later Spry scored courtesy of Stina Haave's assist.

With Bemidji leading 2-1 at intermission the duo promptly ended any hopes of a Thunderhawks comeback as Booth assisted on Spry's goal 17 minutes into the second stanza and Spry returned the favor on Booth's tally two minutes later.

Booth added an exclamation point to the victory with 10 minutes to go when she took Kaila Long Voelkner's feed and scored on a breakaway.

"Erin and Josie work well setting each other for the goals," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. "The Erin/Josie combination usually starts with a quick ground pass in front of the net. They are very good at anticipating what the other is going to do so the passes usually result in a shot on the net."

Booth's three goals and assist increased her season point total to 11 goals and 10 assists. Spry's statistics sheet now includes 13 goals and three assists.

Although Blotske did not earn a point Monday the senior has 10 goals and six assists on her ledger.

Casey Palmer had another outstanding day in the net as she stopped 16 shots, including 10 in the opening 40 minutes.

"Grand Rapids was trying to sneak somebody behind our defense so many of the shots Casey faced were breakaways or one-on-ones," Schoonover said. "She did a great job of coming out and challenging the runner. It is always a tough decision whether to come out or to stay in the net and Casey made all the right choices."

Monday's victory was Bemidji's eighth in 12 games. The game also ended a streak which saw BHS play on Thursday, Saturday and Monday, going 2-1 during that stretch.

The Jacks, who went 2-1 during a stretch which saw them play Thursday, Saturday and Monday, now have a few days off. Their next game is Saturday at Moorhead.

Bemidji 5, Grand Rapids 1

Grand Rapids 1 0 - 1

Bemidji 2 3 - 5

First Half

B-Booth (Spry), 2:00

B-Spry (Haave), 7:00

GR-Brown (unassisted), 22:00

Second Half

B-Spry (Booth), 57:00

B-Booth (Spry), 59:00

B-Booth (Long-Voelkner), 70:00

Saves

Scholl (GR) 7 x - 7

Holom (GR) x 9 - 9

Palmer (B) 10 6 - 16

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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