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Girls soccer: Goals by Holm, Wall lead BHS past Detroit Lakes

Bemidji defender Mackenzie Hietala passed around Detroit Lakes forward Kyley Foster during Thursday's game at BSU.

BEMIDJI -- Rachael Holm and Maea Wall each scored in the first half and the defense held firm when needed as the Bemidji girls soccer team downed Detroit Lakes 2-1 Thursday at BSU's Chet Anderson Stadium.

Thursday's win was Bemidji's second in as many starts. The Lumberjacks will conclude their homestand Sept. 2 against East Grand Forks.

Midway through the first half Holm ripped a 20-yard shot that deflected off the crossbar and past the Laker goalie. Maea Wall set up the play and 18 minutes later the two reversed roles.

On that rush Holm took another shot which deflected off the keeper and Wall beat everyone to the loose ball and tapped it in.

"We tell everyone to follow the shot and Maea scored because she did," said BHS coach Logan Larsen.

The visitors cut their deficit in half with a successful penalty kick 10 minutes into the second session but the defense was able to hold the Lakers at bay the rest of the way.

"We probably worked harder than we should have to get this win," Larsen said. "We weren't able to possess the ball like we hoped but that is something that is correctable and will come with practice and confidence.

"This wasn't the game we drew up but we earned the win because of our effort."

Laura Bieberdorf handled Bemidji's keeper duties in the first half and made 5 saves. Leighton Rockensock took over in the second stanza and stopped seven shots.

Bemidji 2, Detroit Lakes 1

First Half

B-Holm (Wall), 21:00

B-Wall (Holm), 38:00

Second Half

DL-Scored on penalty kick, 50:00

Bemidji Saves

Bieberdorf 5 x - 5

Rockensock x 7 - 7