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The Bemidji boys soccer team defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 8-1 Saturday at the Bemidji middle school field.

The Lumberjacks (6-3-0, 5-1-0) scored early and often as they jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead.

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"That's every coach's dream," said Bemidji head coach Rick Toward. "We got a chance to rest a few players who needed a break. It was also nice to give players the chance to play new positions and have some fun. It was a good game for that."

Senior Patrick Trummer scored the first goal for Bemidji with 36:56 remaining in the first half.

Within the next minute, WHA junior Nate Peterson put the ball into his own net to make the score 2-0.

Just over a minute after that, junior Jack Schmigdall found the net for the Lumberjacks to increase the lead to three.

With 27:49 left to play in the first half Kyle Fodness scored an unassisted goal for Bemidji.

Ian Sweeney Smith's goal 49 seconds later gave Bemidji a 5-0 lead that it would take to halftime.

"We have been a little soft in our last few games," said Toward. "We beat some other teams, but didn't play that well. Our idea today was to maintain the intensity and possession. I was really proud of how we did that."

Gunnar Nelson scored with the help of Ben Schreiber's assist in the opening minutes of the second half.

Just six minutes later, Nelson assisted Zach Jones. Jones' goal upped the Lumberjacks lead 7-0.

With 10:17 left to play, junior Riley Brooks' shot went through the hands of the WHA goalkeeper for Bemidji's eighth goal.

The Wolves were able to get on the board when Caleb Ginos scored with 4:32 left. He was assisted by Evan Wilson.

"We finished a lot of chances that we created, so that was nice," said Toward. "We will get fewer chances against Hillcrest, but if we convert like we did today, we will be fine."

The Lumberjacks will host Hillcrest 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Y aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji boys soccer team defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 8-1 Saturday at the Bemidji middle school field.

The Lumberjacks (6-3-0, 5-1-0) scored early and often as they jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead.

"That's every coach's dream," said Bemidji head coach Rick Toward. "We got a chance to rest a few players who needed a break. It was also nice to give players the chance to play new positions and have some fun. It was a good game for that."

Senior Patrick Trummer scored the first goal for Bemidji with 36:56 remaining in the first half.

Within the next minute, WHA junior Nate Peterson put the ball into his own net to make the score 2-0.

Just over a minute after that, junior Jack Schmigdall found the net for the Lumberjacks to increase the lead to three.

With 27:49 left to play in the first half Kyle Fodness scored an unassisted goal for Bemidji.

Ian Sweeney Smith's goal 49 seconds later gave Bemidji a 5-0 lead that it would take to halftime.

"We have been a little soft in our last few games," said Toward. "We beat some other teams, but didn't play that well. Our idea today was to maintain the intensity and possession. I was really proud of how we did that."

Gunnar Nelson scored with the help of Ben Schreiber's assist in the opening minutes of the second half.

Just six minutes later, Nelson assisted Zach Jones. Jones' goal upped the Lumberjacks lead 7-0.

With 10:17 left to play, junior Riley Brooks' shot went through the hands of the WHA goalkeeper for Bemidji's eighth goal.

The Wolves were able to get on the board when Caleb Ginos scored with 4:32 left. He was assisted by Evan Wilson.

"We finished a lot of chances that we created, so that was nice," said Toward. "We will get fewer chances against Hillcrest, but if we convert like we did today, we will be fine."

The Lumberjacks will host Hillcrest 5 p.m. Tuesday.

aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

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