Bemidji boys soccer coach Rick Toward knows that it will take time for his team to play at peak efficiency.
"We have a brand new group of guys and right now we're trying to find ourselves."
Saturday the Lumberjacks hosted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in their second home game in as many days and the Jacks fell to 0-2 after a 2-1 setback.
Friday BHS lost 2-0 to Little Falls.
"Friday we played as a team for 15 minutes and on Saturday we played that way for 25 minutes. It was an improvement," Toward said.
The 25-minute span came at the end of the game and produced Bemidji's only goal, a free kick just outside the box by Kyle Fodness with 12:52 remaining in the game.
HLA scored in the first half and added a goal on a header off a corner kick five minutes into the second stanza. The visitors held an edge for the next 10 minutes but Bemidji began to take control with 25 minutes to play.
"Right now everybody is looking for somebody else to take charge and be a leader," Toward said. "What I would like to see is nine, 10 or 11 guys on the field become that leader."
Connor McNallan handled the goaltending duties Saturday and stopped 20 shots.
Bemidji will return to action Tuesday when it hosts Detroit Lakes at 4 p.m.
For the second straight day the girls soccer team posted a one-sided victory. Friday the Jacks slapped Little Falls 6-1 and Saturday they dismantled Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-0 in Walker.
Erin Booth had five goals, including two in the first half which helped BHS bolt to a 4-0 lead at intermission. Andrea Hanson had the other first-half tallies.
Josie Spry had a pair of goals in the second stanza and Casey Palmer scored one.
Palmer tended the net in the opening period and had three saves. Whitney Morin took over for the final 40 minutes and made one save.
"We outshot Walker 36-4 and weren't truly tested," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. "It was nice to get off to a good start and be 2-0 because it enabled the girls to get comfortable playing with each other.
"The real test will come Tuesday when we head to Moorhead."
That game is set for a 5 p.m. start. Bemidji's next home appearance will be Thursday when it hosts Detroit Lakes at 5 p.m.
Steph Frey finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breast to lead the girls swimming and diving team at Saturday's season-opening action at the Willmar Invitationa.
In addition to BHS and the home team the meet attracted St. Cloud Tech, Melrose, Sauk Centre and Minnewaska-Morris.
Jana Hendstrom earned second place in the diving as did Lexie Hendricks in the 500 free.
Placing fifth for the Jacks was the 400 free relay team of Hendricks, Maris Jahner, Alicia Papke-Larson and Frey.
Hendricks was fifth in the 200 free as was Erin Arndt in the 200 IM and the medley relay unit of Papke-Larson, Frey, Jahner and Katie Krause.
Bemidji will return to action Tuesday at Brainerd.
Bemidji scored 27 points and trailed only Hibbing at Saturday's eight-team Crookston Invitational.
Hibbing won with 37 points while Park Rapids scored 20, Thief River Falls 17, East Grand?Forks 15, Crookston 13, Moorhead 11 and Perham 0.
Jessica Solberg took the title at second singles. Claiming seconds were Courtne Solberg at first singles, Amy Frosaker at third plus the second doubles tandem of Claire Baumgartner and Haley Pollock.
Placing third were Claudia Bellew at fourth singles, Katie Ditmanson and Emma Nielsen at first doubles and the third doubles unit of Jenna Lee, Lauren Lund and Francesca Huerd.
BHS?will be at the Brainerd Invitational Monday.
The Bemidji volleyball team overcame the loss of power hitter Jess Yost Friday to outlast Perham 3-2 in the season opener at Perham.
Only three points into the match Yost sustained a high ankle sprain and she spent the rest of the night on the sidelines.
Her teammates, however, were able to hang on for a 25-15, 30-28, 16-25, 17-25, 16-14 marathon victory.
"It was an amazing match," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan. "It was a long night but winning that fifth set was a good way to end it."
Jenna Sagedahl contributed 43 set assists and Kellie Morehouse converted 16 of them into winning kills.
Allie Heifort had 12 kills and five blocks and Liz Hirt added 10 kills and two aces.
Caitlin Hadrava finished with six kills, four blocks and two aces. Nicole McDonald also had a pair of aces.
Meghan Wannebo had 41 digs while Hirt had 28 and Sagedahl 20.
"The team faced adversity from the beginning of the match Friday but their performance was a testament to their character," Colligan said.
The Jacks return to action Thursday when they host Detroit Lakes at 7:15 p.m.
The BHS cross-country teams will head west Monday as the boys and girls squads take part in the Moorhead Invitational starting at 10 a.m.
Bemidji's boys team returns seniors Andy Berube, John Buckanaga, Alex Schoneberger and Jake Urban plus junior Dan Clemenson from last fall's section team.
The girls team will be led by senior Bailey Drewes and junior Kim Truedson. Jenna Truedson, an eighth grader, also is expected to be among Bemidji's top performers.