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BSU soccer: Beavers improve to 3-0 with 2-1 win over Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Sarah Stram scored her team-leading second goal of the season, while Tiffany VanHaaften made good on a first-half penalty kick to lift the Bemidji State soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech Saturday at Sherman Field.

The Beavers (3-0-0) and Huskies (2-2-0) traded blows during the opening minutes of the match, but a break in the 19th minute would swing momentum in BSU's favor. Stram took possession of the ball deep in BSU's offensive zone and unleashed a shot from just inside the end line that was deflected in front of the net and went in. Her second collegiate goal put BSU up 1-0.

Less than six minutes later, the Beavers again took advantage of a MTU miscue. VanHaaften was awarded a penalty kick and found the back of the net in the 25th minute of play, for the first goal of her senior campaign.

BSU retained its two-goal lead into the final minute of the first half, but when Madeline Faust found Katherine Fife with a pass just inside the 18-yard box, Fife placed the ball past the BSU goalkeeper Amanda Garvin and just inside the left post for her second goal of the season.

The goal was not only the first allowed by Garvin this season, it also snapped a BSU goalkeepers' shutout streak of 380:05, which spans four games and into the final game of the 2012 season.

The score remained locked 2-1 though the second half and the Beavers prevailed.

Each team managed to take 12 shots in the match, with the Huskies holding a slight lead in shots on goal, 8-6.

Garvin made seven saves and allowed just one goal to gain the win and improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

The Beavers continue their swing through Michigan's Upper Peninsula today Marquette to face Northern Michigan (0-4-0). The match is set for an 11 a.m. opening kick.