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Kyle Fodness beats Crookston defender Jacob Roesch to the ball during Bemidji's 4-0 victory on Thursday. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Sommer, Fodness each score two goals as Jacks blank Crookston 4-0

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The Bemidji boys soccer team stayed atop the Lakes to Prairie Conference standings with a 4-0 win over Crookston Thursday at the Bemidji Middle School.

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"We are right where we want to be in the conference standings," said Bemidji head coach Rick Toward. "We have a game with East Grand Forks on Monday and that is what will probably determine the conference title."

Captains Isak Sommer and Kyle Fodness each scored two goals.

In the second minute, Fodness nearly scored the game's first goal but missed wide right.

Fodness had another near goal in the 17th minute when his shot bounced off the hands of Crookston goalkeeper Miguel Hernandez and then off the post.

Three minutes later Fodness assisted Sommer on the game's first goal.

The assist was the eighth this season for Fodness.

Austin Kovach looked to add to the 1-0 lead with 13:40 left in the first half but was denied by a sliding stop by Hernandez.

The Lumberjacks' 1-0 lead at the half was somewhat of a surprise after defeating the Pirates 6-0 earlier this season.

"We were slow out of the start again," said Toward. "The players say they are ready to play but are only giving me 50 percent effort right now. Until that changes it is going to be a tough road."

Five minutes into the second half Elias Hendrickson had his shot deflected by Hernandez.

Sommer scored his second goal of game and sixth of the season at the 29:40 mark.

Ben Schreiber recorded his second assist of the season on the play.

Less than two minutes later Crookston (4-10, 2-7) threatened to score when Adam Donarski's free kick was stopped by a sliding Matt Bitter.

Bitter, normally a defenseman, played goalkeeper.

In the 57th minute, Fodness scored his first goal to up the Lumberjacks lead to 3-0.

Just over a minute later Fodness recovered his own deflection and put in another goal.

With the two goals, Fodness now has 15 on the season.

Alex Schussman nearly added to the lead but he saw his shot miss high by less than a foot.

Bemidji (9-5, 7-1) will host East Grand Forks 5 p.m. Monday in a key game.

"Our intensity is going to have to pick up," said Toward. "East Grand Forks will come out flying. They are a big, physical, tough team and if we come out slow again we will find ourselves looking up at the scoreboard to see that we're behind. That has to change."

Y aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji boys soccer team stayed atop the Lakes to Prairie Conference standings with a 4-0 win over Crookston Thursday at the Bemidji Middle School.

"We are right where we want to be in the conference standings," said Bemidji head coach Rick Toward. "We have a game with East Grand Forks on Monday and that is what will probably determine the conference title."

Captains Isak Sommer and Kyle Fodness each scored two goals.

In the second minute, Fodness nearly scored the game's first goal but missed wide right.

Fodness had another near goal in the 17th minute when his shot bounced off the hands of Crookston goalkeeper Miguel Hernandez and then off the post.

Three minutes later Fodness assisted Sommer on the game's first goal.

The assist was the eighth this season for Fodness.

Austin Kovach looked to add to the 1-0 lead with 13:40 left in the first half but was denied by a sliding stop by Hernandez.

The Lumberjacks' 1-0 lead at the half was somewhat of a surprise after defeating the Pirates 6-0 earlier this season.

"We were slow out of the start again," said Toward. "The players say they are ready to play but are only giving me 50 percent effort right now. Until that changes it is going to be a tough road."

Five minutes into the second half Elias Hendrickson had his shot deflected by Hernandez.

Sommer scored his second goal of game and sixth of the season at the 29:40 mark.

Ben Schreiber recorded his second assist of the season on the play.

Less than two minutes later Crookston (4-10, 2-7) threatened to score when Adam Donarski's free kick was stopped by a sliding Matt Bitter.

Bitter, normally a defenseman, played goalkeeper.

In the 57th minute, Fodness scored his first goal to up the Lumberjacks lead to 3-0.

Just over a minute later Fodness recovered his own deflection and put in another goal.

With the two goals, Fodness now has 15 on the season.

Alex Schussman nearly added to the lead but he saw his shot miss high by less than a foot.

Bemidji (9-5, 7-1) will host East Grand Forks 5 p.m. Monday in a key game.

"Our intensity is going to have to pick up," said Toward. "East Grand Forks will come out flying. They are a big, physical, tough team and if we come out slow again we will find ourselves looking up at the scoreboard to see that we're behind. That has to change."

aberg@bemidjipioneer.com

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