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Boys soccer: Bemidji shows character in 3-3 draw with Detroit Lakes

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BEMIDJI — Less than two weeks after losing by two goals to Detroit Lakes, the Bemidji boys soccer team showed its resilience and earned a 3-3 tie on Monday at the Bemidji soccer field.

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Senior Brady Crawford put the Lakers on the board in the 14th minute when he capitalized on Colton Friesen’s long-distance shot that was bobbled by Lumberjacks sophomore goalkeeper Bruce Cheney to grab a 1-0 lead.

“All three of their goals actually were products of long distance shots,” Bemidji head coach Rick Toward said. “The weather conditions were not perfect and one of them slipped off of our goalkeeper’s hands. Shots from that distance out have a tendancy to beat you if they are put in the right place.”

Junior Alex Schussman responded with a goal for Bemidji in the 37th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Sophomore Payton Christofferson picked up an assist on the goal.

The score remained knotted at one until the 70th minute when Jonathan Hallisey fired a shot over the out-stretched arms of Cheney.

The Lumberjacks answered in less than a minute as Christofferson scored on an assist from Schussman to tie the game and force overtime.

Senior Sam Bergen scored on a free kick with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime to regain the lead for Detroit Lakes at 3-2.

After less than two minutes of play in the second half of the overtime, Schussman delivered the equalizer for Bemidji off of a corner kick to help earn the tie.

Toward admired the effort his team showed to answer the opponent’s goal three times, especially after suffering a 3-1 loss to the same Detroit Lakes team just two weeks ago.

“That is the positive we can take away from a game like this,” Toward said. “Obviously, we never want to tie, but our three goals were a season-high. It shows a lot about our team’s character and the improvements that we are making.”

Cheney made 10 saves for the Lumberjacks while Connor Johnson stopped eight shots for the Lakers.

Bemidji (1-3-2) returns to action on Saturday when it will host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 11 a.m.

Detroit Lakes 3, Bemidji 3

Detroit Lakes 1 1 1 - 3

Bemidji 1 1 1 - 3

First Half

D-Crawford (Friesen), 14:32.

B-Schussman (Christofferson), 37:20.

Second Half

D-Hallisey, 70:00.

B-Christofferson (Schussman), 71:00

Overtime

D-Bergen, 4:45

B-Schussman, 6:10

Saves

Johnson (DL) 8

Cheney (B) 5

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