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Senior Nick Gorick tied Monday's game against Detroit Lakes with this rocket from 25 yards out. The goal spurred a comeback which saw Bemidji score three goals in the final 10 minutes to nip the Lakers 3-1 Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Jacks catch fire in final 10 minutes to win

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For 65 minutes Monday at the middle school field the Bemidji boys soccer team was a step behind Detroit Lakes, on the field and on the scoreboard.

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But in the final minutes the Lumberjacks found their stride and Detroit Lakes didn't have an answer.

Nick Gorick's lazer with 10 minutes to play tied the game at 1-1 and BHS scored two more goals in the final five minutes to rally to a 3-1 win.

"We struggled the first 65 minutes," said Bemidji coach Rick Toward. "We couldn't string any passes together or get any flow. Nobody in the conference or the section is going to give you a game. You are going to have to earn it and for 65 minutes we didn't earn anything."

Gorick changed the complexion of the action with one swift kick, however,

"Austin Kovach threw it to Nick who was about 25 yards out," Toward said. "Nick let loose with a rocket and the goalie didn't have a prayer."

The goal did more than tie the game. It also sparked the Lumberjacks and demoralized the Lakers.

"You could see a change in Detroit Lakes after the goal," said senior co-captain Kyle Fodness. "It seemed that Detroit Lakes was playing for a 1-0 win and when that was taken away their approach changed."

"Clearly Detroit Lakes was deflated when Nick scored," Toward said. "After the goal I figured we were headed for overtime and after our performance during the first 65 minutes I figured a tie or an overtime was as good as we could hope for."

With four minutes to play in regulation, however, Detroit Lakes was called for a handball in the penalty area and BHS was awarded a penalty kick.

Fodness converted the boot and the Jacks had their initial lead of the afternoon. A minute later Bemidji continued its attack and was rewarded with the insurance tally as Fodness headed a ball past Ethan VanOeffelen.

"We dodged a bullet," Toward said. "This was a game that in previous years we would have let slip away. But now our players fight and push for 80 minutes and that effort was rewarded with a win."

Monday's victory upped Bemidji's record to 4-3. The Jacks return to action Thursday at Crookston and return home Saturday against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Bemidji 3, Detroit Lakes 1

Detroit Lakes 1 0 - 1

Bemidji 0 3 - 3

First Half

DL-Kienitz (Jordan), 11:46

Second Half

Bem-Gorick (Kovach), 70:00

Bem-Fodness (penalty kick), 76:00

Bem-Fodness (Brooks), 77:00

Saves

VanOffelen (DL) 2-3-5

Graefe (Bem) 2-1-3

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

For 65 minutes Monday at the middle school field the Bemidji boys soccer team was a step behind Detroit Lakes, on the field and on the scoreboard.

But in the final minutes the Lumberjacks found their stride and Detroit Lakes didn't have an answer.

Nick Gorick's lazer with 10 minutes to play tied the game at 1-1 and BHS scored two more goals in the final five minutes to rally to a 3-1 win.

"We struggled the first 65 minutes," said Bemidji coach Rick Toward. "We couldn't string any passes together or get any flow. Nobody in the conference or the section is going to give you a game. You are going to have to earn it and for 65 minutes we didn't earn anything."

Gorick changed the complexion of the action with one swift kick, however,

"Austin Kovach threw it to Nick who was about 25 yards out," Toward said. "Nick let loose with a rocket and the goalie didn't have a prayer."

The goal did more than tie the game. It also sparked the Lumberjacks and demoralized the Lakers.

"You could see a change in Detroit Lakes after the goal," said senior co-captain Kyle Fodness. "It seemed that Detroit Lakes was playing for a 1-0 win and when that was taken away their approach changed."

"Clearly Detroit Lakes was deflated when Nick scored," Toward said. "After the goal I figured we were headed for overtime and after our performance during the first 65 minutes I figured a tie or an overtime was as good as we could hope for."

With four minutes to play in regulation, however, Detroit Lakes was called for a handball in the penalty area and BHS was awarded a penalty kick.

Fodness converted the boot and the Jacks had their initial lead of the afternoon. A minute later Bemidji continued its attack and was rewarded with the insurance tally as Fodness headed a ball past Ethan VanOeffelen.

"We dodged a bullet," Toward said. "This was a game that in previous years we would have let slip away. But now our players fight and push for 80 minutes and that effort was rewarded with a win."

Monday's victory upped Bemidji's record to 4-3. The Jacks return to action Thursday at Crookston and return home Saturday against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Bemidji 3, Detroit Lakes 1

Detroit Lakes 1 0 - 1

Bemidji 0 3 - 3

First Half

DL-Kienitz (Jordan), 11:46

Second Half

Bem-Gorick (Kovach), 70:00

Bem-Fodness (penalty kick), 76:00

Bem-Fodness (Brooks), 77:00

Saves

VanOffelen (DL) 2-3-5

Graefe (Bem) 2-1-3

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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