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Moorhead edges Bemidji 2-1

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The Bemidji girls soccer team lost to Moorhead 2-1 on Saturday at the Bemidji varsity soccer field.

Bemidji's lone goal came from Erin Booth, just four minutes into the first half. The goal was her fifth of the season.

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"The girls came out playing really hard," said Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover. "When we scored our first goal, it increased our momentum a lot."

Bemidji's starting goalkeeper Casey Palmer suffered a knee injury with 6:11 remaining in the first half.

She was relieved by Jillian Ricci for the remainder of the half.

In the six minutes Ricci played, she recorded five saves and did not allow a goal.

"Unfortunately, we do not have a backup goalie," said Schoonover. "It was a situation where we needed somebody to step up and Jill Ricci did. She did a fantastic job. The defense also worked very hard to protect her."

The Lumberjacks held a 1-0 lead going into the break.

After the two teams traded missed scoring opportunities early in the second half, Missy Setter tied the game up for Moorhead. She was assisted by Jae Borgen.

Setter's goal was her seventh of the season.

Less than two minutes later, Borgen found Hannah Riveland to give the Spuds a 2-1 lead with 28:28 left to play.

With the two assists, Borgen now has a team-high six on the season.

Despite Moorhead controlling the possession in the second half, Bemidji had its share of opportunities to even the score.

"That's something I am super proud of," Schoonover said of her team's resilience. "They continued to fight through the pressure and they never gave up."

Its best opportunity came around the 13 minute mark, when Caitlin Blotske's shot missed wide right.

The Spuds (5-3-1) were able to hold on for a 2-1 win.

Bemidji (5-3-0) will host Hillcrest on Monday at 5 p.m.

Y aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji girls soccer team lost to Moorhead 2-1 on Saturday at the Bemidji varsity soccer field.

Bemidji's lone goal came from Erin Booth, just four minutes into the first half. The goal was her fifth of the season.

"The girls came out playing really hard," said Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover. "When we scored our first goal, it increased our momentum a lot."

Bemidji's starting goalkeeper Casey Palmer suffered a knee injury with 6:11 remaining in the first half.

She was relieved by Jillian Ricci for the remainder of the half.

In the six minutes Ricci played, she recorded five saves and did not allow a goal.

"Unfortunately, we do not have a backup goalie," said Schoonover. "It was a situation where we needed somebody to step up and Jill Ricci did. She did a fantastic job. The defense also worked very hard to protect her."

The Lumberjacks held a 1-0 lead going into the break.

After the two teams traded missed scoring opportunities early in the second half, Missy Setter tied the game up for Moorhead. She was assisted by Jae Borgen.

Setter's goal was her seventh of the season.

Less than two minutes later, Borgen found Hannah Riveland to give the Spuds a 2-1 lead with 28:28 left to play.

With the two assists, Borgen now has a team-high six on the season.

Despite Moorhead controlling the possession in the second half, Bemidji had its share of opportunities to even the score.

"That's something I am super proud of," Schoonover said of her team's resilience. "They continued to fight through the pressure and they never gave up."

Its best opportunity came around the 13 minute mark, when Caitlin Blotske's shot missed wide right.

The Spuds (5-3-1) were able to hold on for a 2-1 win.

Bemidji (5-3-0) will host Hillcrest on Monday at 5 p.m.

aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

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