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BOYS SOCCER: Sartell edges Bemidji 1-0

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BEMIDJI — Whenever Sartell and Bemidji meet in boys soccer, you can bet it’s going to be a close game.

Three of the last four games the teams have played have been close, and Saturday was no different as Sartell edged Bemidji 1-0 on a wet field at the middle school field.

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Kyle Erickson scored the game’s lone goal, knocking the ball in after it bounced off several other players in front of the Bemidji net at the 53:12 mark, said Jacks coach Rick Toward.

That was the only ball that got past senior goalie Matt Bitter. “He made some nice plays today,” Toward said. “We gave up a lot of corner kicks in this game, and he was able to either get a hand on the ball or get in front.”

Bitter had 9 saves in the game, as did Sartell goalie Colin Johnson.

Sartell improved to 10-2-1, while the Jacks now are at 5-5-3 on the season. Earlier last week, Bemidji tied Moorhead on Monday and defeated Crookston 5-0 on Thursday. Up next is East Grand Forks, at 5:30 p.m. at the middle school field. Bemidji got its first win of the season in a 2-1 win at East Grand Forks earlier this year.

“We have made some big improvements since that EGF game, and I am sure they have, too, but it will be a good game and we need to get back in the win column,” Toward said.

Sartell 1, Bemidji 0

First half — no scoring.

Second half  — 1. S, Kyle Erickson (unassisted) 53:12

Goalie saves —S: Colin Johnson 4-5 — 9; B: Matt Bitter 2-7 — 9

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