Max Hazelton's goal from just inside the midfield line gave the Bemidji boys soccer team a 1-0 lead 51:40 into the action and the Lumberjacks added another tally in the final four minutes on way to Tuesday's 2-0 home victory over Moorhead.
The win upped Bemidji's record to 10-3-1 and the Jacks, who play at Crookston Thursday, are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games.
Tuesday's contest was rough from start to finish but BHS was able to adapt to that style.
"Moorhead was a physical team but we have guys who can play that way and we didn't back down," said Bemidji coach Rick Toward. "It was nice to see how well we handled the tough, physical contact."
Neither team scored in the first half but the Lumberjacks used a perfect shot and the sun to break the deadlock 11:40 into the second session.
Tanner Koetter started the play with a boot from the BHS net and the ball slithered through a handful of players before Hazelton gained control just inside the Moorhead zone.
Hazelton lofted a shot which the Spuds goalie lost in the sun. The ball bounced off the goalie's arms, clanked off the post and found the net.
The 1-0 score stood until 3:37 remained. Bemidji was awarded a corner kick from the left side and, while Moorhead's players were arguing to no avail with the officials, Kyle Fodness delivered the kick. The ball sailed toward the goalmouth, deflected off the defenders and beat the goalie who was still fuming about the call that led to the corner kick.
"I thought the one goal was going to stand up but all year long we've talked about playing the game as if the score is 0-0," Toward said. "Even though we led 1-0 we didn't change our approach. We continued to attack and we sustained the pressure. That pressure resulted in the corner kick and the own goal."
Connor McNallan earned the shutout as his day included stopping Noah Julin's penalty kick with 9:06 to play in the first half. Julin tried to sneak a low shot into the right corner but McNallan stretched and was able to make the stop with his legs.
"That was a great save," Toward said. "The penalty shot was a blessing in disguise because Connor was able to make the save. Instead of being behind 1-0 we were tied and we had the momentum."
McNallan finished with five saves. Bemidji fired 18 shots toward the Moorhead net.
The 400 free relay unit of Laura Yourd, Maris Jahner, Erin Arndt and Steph Frey won Tuesday's event with a season-best time of 3:56.42 and that effort helped the swimming and diving team down Park Rapids 99-87 Tuesday at the BHS pool.
"Park Rapids is the defending section champion so this was a great win for us," said Jacks coach Woody Leindecker.
Bemidji led 91-81 heading into the final event but needed to finish no worse than second to claim the meet victory. And the relay squad made sure that the lead would hold as the swimmers posted their best time of the fall.
The home team led by 20 points heading into diving but Park Rapids continually narrowed the gap.
"Down the stretch we were losing ground but we managed to stop the bleeding when Steph (Frey) won the 100 breast (1:10.57)," Leindecker said.
Frey also captured the 200 IM in 2:19.93 and swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay (2:01.36). Joining her on the squad were Alicia Papke-Larson, Jahner and Danielle Hoven.
Also winning events for BHS were Jahner in the 50 free (27.56) and Jana Hedstrom in diving (163.82).
The volleyball team evened its record at 7-7 Tuesday when it downed Hibbing 25-22, 13-25, 25-17, 25-13 in Hibbing.
Bemidji stumbled in the second set but was able to take Hibbing out of its game in the other three, according to BHS coach Teresa Colligan.
Jess Yost had a productive night as she drilled 15 kills and had six blocks.
Allie Heifort contributed seven kills. Jenna Sagedahl dished 27 set assists while Meghan Wannebo had 26 digs, Kellie Morehouse four aces and Nicole McDonald three aces.
Bemidji also captured Tuesday's preliminaries. The B-team won 25-13, 25-6 and the junior varsity coasted to a 25-13, 25-16 victory.