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Girls soccer team stops Little Falls; boys fall 2-0

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Andrea Hanson scored three goals and Erin Booth had a goal and three assists to power the Bemidji girls soccer team to a 6-1 home victory over Little Falls Friday in the season opener.

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BHS resumes its schedule 1 p.m. today at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Tuesday it will visit Moorhead.

"Offensively we dominated and we were able to manufacture many good shots," said Jacks coach Kelly Schoonover. "We started strong with four goals in the first half but, as expected, we tired in the second half.

"This was a test of endurance and overall we did well," Schoonover said.

Bemidji scored all the goals it would need in the opening 40 minutes. Booth opened the scoring about 12 minutes in and eight minutes later Hanson notched her first of the fall. Rachelle LeBlanc drew the Flyers within 2-1 midway through the half but Booth and Maari Stocker answered in the final 10 minutes to give the Jacks their 4-1 cushion.

Hanson iced the victory with a pair of goals in the second stanza.

Paige Niskanen, Caitlin Blotske and Josie Spry also had assists.

Casey Palmer and Whitney Morin combined for three saves in the Bemidji net.

The midfield transition game is something BHS coach Rick Toward thought would take time to develop and Friday's 2-0 home loss to Little Falls showed that he was correct.

"There were moments when we played well and possessed the ball but we had trouble transitioning," Toward said.

"For eight or nine minutes early in the game we controlled play but we couldn't sustain it," Toward said

"It was a frustrating game but it's early in the season and we know we have improvements to make.

Grant Bell scored both Little Falls goals. Early in the first half he capped a flurry with a close-range goal and in the second half he scored on a penalty kick.

Carl Graefe and Connor McNallan split the goaltending chores.

BHS will continue its homestand 3 p.m. today against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Tuesday the Jacks will host Detroit Lakes at 4 p.m.

The Lumberjack swimmers head to Willmar today for the annual season-opening invitational.

BHS coach Scott Leindecker is anxious to see how his team will compete today because graduation claimed seven key performers and this year's team could be spearheaded by underclassmen.

"It's going to take us awhile to come together," Leindecker predicted. "I really won't know what we have until I see the girls in competition.

"But I'm cautiously optimistic," the coach added.

Bemidji will also be on the road Tuesday when it visits Brainerd.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Lumberjack swimmers head to Willmar today for the annual season-opening invitational.

BHS coach Scott Leindecker is anxious to see how his team will compete today because graduation claimed seven key performers and this year's team could be spearheaded by underclassmen.

"It's going to take us awhile to come together," Leindecker predicted. "I really won't know what we have until I see the girls in competition.

"But I'm cautiously optimistic," the coach added.

Bemidji will also be on the road Tuesday when it visits Brainerd.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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