CROOKSTON- Five players chipped-in on offense Tuesday afternoon to help the Bemidji State soccer team post a 3-0 victory over Minnesota-Crookston.
Bethany Fluto opened the scoring for the Beavers with her first collegiate goal in the 25th minute. Analey Skog played a ball in from the right corner to the field to Fluto, who knocked it in to give BSU the early lead. The goal was also the game winner.
Skog scored just under a minute later on assists from Mallory Lowe and Danni Steele.
BSU was up 2-0 at halftime.
The only goal of the second half came off a penalty kick in the 48th minute. Jamie Ford was fouled inside the 18-yard box and placed her shot in the lower right corner of the net to beat the keeper for her first goal of the season.
The shutout was Samantha Ross' fifth of her career and the team's first on the season. Ross made six saves in the game and now has 11 this season in 135 minutes of play.
The Bemidji State soccer team has the upcoming weekend off. BSU's next game is Sept. 18 against MSU, Moorhead at 1 p.m. at BSU Soccer Field.
Bemidji State senior soccer forward Ashlee Ellefsen has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her production on the field against North Dakota and Viterbo last weekend.
Ellefsen scored two goals for the Beavers over the weekend and both were game winners.
On Friday in Grand Forks, Ellefsen scored the second goal of the game at the 56th minute mark to help ensure the second-ever program win over UND. Following up on Sunday, Ellefsen scored the third goal of the game for the Beavers in the 72nd minute helping clinch the win over Viterbo at home. On the weekend she had 6 shots on goal, three in each game.
It is the fourth weekly honor in Ellefesen's career. She currently holds the BSU career records for goals (34), points (84), and game-winning goals (13).
Cross country 10th
BSU senior Kristi Buerkle placed 10th in leading the women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Viking Invitational in Valley City, N.D. last Friday.
Buerkle completed the 4,000 meter course in 16:53.85 to finish just a fraction of a second out of ninth place.
BSU junior Alison Hougen was 12th at 16:58.14, Kristen Maras was 15th at 17:17.80, Pearl Walker was 19th at 17:56.73, Tina Larson was 20th at 18:05.99, Michelle Ohman was 22nd at 18:14.10 and Cierra Robinson was 24th at 19:19.83.
"We had a good weekend at Valley City," head coach Craig Hougen said. "The ladies ran well led by Kristi, Ali and Kristen. We were competitive and ran better times than we did on the same course last year."
The Beavers completed the race with 59 team points and were 29 points off the pace set by first-place Jamestown College (30) and 20 points behind Dickinson State University (39), which took runner-up honors.
The BSU cross country team will run in the University of Minnesota-hosted Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 25 in its next event.
The Bemidji State football team remained among teams receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association's Division II poll released this week.
The Beavers (1-0) have 51 votes in the poll, up from the 43 votes it received in the last poll.
BSU's hosts Augustana (1-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the home opener at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Augustana received 24 votes in the AFCA poll.
NSIC rival Minnesota-Duluth moved up one spot to No. 2 in the poll behind No. 1 Grand Valley State.
Other NSIC teams in the poll are MSU, Mankato at No. 18, Winona State at No. 19 and Wayne State at No. 22.
This week's poll is listed in today's scoreboard on page A8.
AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
Record Pts Pv
1. Grand Valley St. (21) 1-0 641 2
2. Minnesota-Duluth (2) 1-0 616 3
3. North Alabama (3) 1-0 605 4
4. California (Pa.) 1-0 565 5
5. Abilene Christian (Tex) 1-0 551 6
6. Texas A&M-Kingsville 1-0 503 14
7. West Alabama 2-0 471 10
8. Northwest Missouri St. 0-1 419 1
9. West Texas A&M 0-1 356 8
10. Tuskegee (Ala.) 1-0 348 15
11. Hillsdale (Mich.) 1-0 342 16
12. Central Washington 1-1 337 13
13. Midwestern St. (Tex) 1-0 312 17
14. Missouri Western St. 1-0 294 19
15. Washburn (Kan.); 1-1 269 9
16. Saginaw Vly St. 0-1 232 11
17. N. Carlina-Pembroke 1-0 219 23
18. MSU, Mankato 1-0 200 18
19. Winona St. 1-0 129 24
20. Carson-Nwmn (Tenn.) 1-1 119 20
20. West Liberty (W.Va.) 0-1 119 7
22. Wayne St. (Neb.) 1-0 115 25
23. Nebraska-Kearney 1-1 106 NR
24. Edinboro (Pa.) 1-0 84 NR
25. E. Stroudsburg (Pa.) 1-0 81 NR
Dropped Out: Nebraska-Omaha (12), West Chester (Pa.) (21), Delta St. (Miss.) (22).
Others Receiving Votes: Valdosta St. (Ga.), 77; Nebraska-Omaha, 58; Bemidji St. 51; Central Missouri, 30; Augustana (S.D.), 24; West Chester (Pa.), 24; Delta St. (Miss.), 23; Ashland (Ohio), 22; Morehouse (Ga.), 18; Texas A&M-Commerce, 14; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Albany St. (Ga.), 10; Shepherd (W.Va.), 10; Tarleton St. (Texas), 10; Indiana (Pa.), 9; Tusculum (Tenn.), 6; Shaw (N.C.), 5; Wayne St. (Mich.), 5; C.W. Post (N.Y.), 4; Concord (W.Va.), 2; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 1; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 1; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 1; St. Augustine's (N.C.), 1.