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Booth's goal lifts BHS to win in 8A quarterfinals

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Erin Booth scored 76 minutes into the game and Casey Palmer stopped all 13 shots she faced to lead the Bemidji girls soccer team to a 1-0 win at Alexandria Saturday night in the quarterfinal round of the Section 8A playoffs.

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The reward for Saturday's effort is a trip to Sartell on Tuesday for the 4 p.m. semifinal test. BHS was seeded third in the North Sub-Section while Sartell was ranked No. 1 in the South.

"The girls truly deserved this win," said Bemidji coach Kelly Schoonover of Saturday's victory over the second-seeded Cardinals. "They were determined. They were motivated and they gave it everything they had for 80 minutes."

Saturday's game seemed destined for overtime until Caitlin Blotske initiated the game-winning play. Blotske had control in front of the Alexandria goal and when all of the defenders headed her way she sent a pass to Booth who was stationed near the right post. Booth took the shot and beat Alexandria goaltender Tara Peterson.

"It was 80 minutes of constant intensity and constant transition," Schoonover said. "It was a great match."

In its two section games Bemidji is yet to allow a goal. The Lumberjacks opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Thursday in Bemidji.

Sartell had a first-round bye and Saturday it eliminated Sauk Rapids 3-1.

Bemidji 1, Alexandria 0

Bemidji 0 1 - 1

Alexandria 0 0 - 0

First Half

No scoring

Second Half

B-Booth (Blotske) 76:00

Saves

Palmer (B) 8 5 - 13

Peterson (A) 5 6 - 11

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Erin Booth scored 76 minutes into the game and Casey Palmer stopped all 13 shots she faced to lead the Bemidji girls soccer team to a 1-0 win at Alexandria Saturday night in the quarterfinal round of the Section 8A playoffs.

The reward for Saturday's effort is a trip to Sartell on Tuesday for the 4 p.m. semifinal test. BHS was seeded third in the North Sub-Section while Sartell was ranked No. 1 in the South.

"The girls truly deserved this win," said Bemidji coach Kelly Schoonover of Saturday's victory over the second-seeded Cardinals. "They were determined. They were motivated and they gave it everything they had for 80 minutes."

Saturday's game seemed destined for overtime until Caitlin Blotske initiated the game-winning play. Blotske had control in front of the Alexandria goal and when all of the defenders headed her way she sent a pass to Booth who was stationed near the right post. Booth took the shot and beat Alexandria goaltender Tara Peterson.

"It was 80 minutes of constant intensity and constant transition," Schoonover said. "It was a great match."

In its two section games Bemidji is yet to allow a goal. The Lumberjacks opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Thursday in Bemidji.

Sartell had a first-round bye and Saturday it eliminated Sauk Rapids 3-1.

Bemidji 1, Alexandria 0

Bemidji 0 1 - 1

Alexandria 0 0 - 0

First Half

No scoring

Second Half

B-Booth (Blotske) 76:00

Saves

Palmer (B) 8 5 - 13

Peterson (A) 5 6 - 11

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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