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GIRLS SOCCER: Jacks lose overtime thriller at Detroit Lakes

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DETROIT LAKES — Despite leading for much of the way, the Bemidji girls soccer team couldn’t hold on even with their superior ball control and possession.

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Detroit Lakes scored the equalizer with three minutes to go in regulation and added a game-winner four minutes into the first overtime period and the Lakers escaped with a 2-1 victory in Detroit Lakes.

“We did so well controlling the ball,” BHS head coach Kelly Schoonover said. “It’s a super-tough way to lose since we played so well the entire game. We really dominated but then DL scored and it was hard to check their pace after that.

“But that’s kind of the way the game goes sometime.”

The Lumberjacks (1-2) scored the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute. Rachel Bitter notched the score and Maea Wall had the assist.

BHS had a 1-0 lead at halftime and continued their superior possession and ball control until the final 15 minutes, when Detroit Lakes (1-1) finally found some offensive firepower.

“That last 15 minutes of the game DL came back firing,” Schoonover said.

That led to the Lakers’ goal at the 77th minute, followed by the game winner in overtime.

In all the Lumberjacks peppered Detroit Lakes goalkeeper Kathryn Follis with 10 shots; she made nine saves.

Bemidji keeper Casey Palmer made five saves in the first half and eight in the second half and overtime period.

The Lumberjacks return to the pitch Tuesday when they’ll travel to East Grand Forks for a 5 p.m. kickoff time.

Detroit Lakes 2, Bemidji 1, OT

Bemidji 1 0 0 - 1

Detroit Lakes 0 1 1 - 2

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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