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GIRLS SOCCER: Lumberjacks come back to top East Grand Forks

EAST GRAND FORKS -- The Bemidji High School girls soccer team rallied from a late 1-0 deficit and came back to top East Grand Forks 2-1 Tuesday night.

After the Green Wave (4-1) scored early in the second half, the Lumberjacks (2-2) scored in the 62nd minute and the 70th minute and held on for victory.

"It was a fantastic game," Bemidji head coach Kellie Schoonover said. "You could feel the intensity of that entire game, especially in the second half.

"I can't remember the last time we beat East Grand Forks on their home field, so we're all really excited."

After a scoreless first half that featured 14 shots on goal from the Green Wave, East Grand Forks took the lead at the 42nd minute when Lizzie Holkesvig beat Bemidji goalkeeper Casey Palmer to make it 1-0.

But the Lumberjacks rallied.

Maea Wall notched the equalizer at the 62nd minute after receiving a long goal kick from Palmer. She took a few dribbles and beat Wave keeper Sam Rarick, making it 1-1.

Bemidji took the lead minutes later.

Rachel Bitter scored in the 70th minute with an assist from Lydia Bitter to give the Jacks their first lead of the game.

The Lumberjacks held on to win, thanks in part to Palmer's 21-save effort in net.

"Casey really kept us in the game, especially in the first half," Schoonover said. "They really pounded on us in the first 40 minutes and had some great shots. But Casey was ready to play.

"She was really flying around in net and made a lot of outstanding saves. We could have been down going into halftime but we weren't."

The Lumberjacks notched 12 shots on EGf keeper Rarick' Rarick made 10 saves.

"We really stepped up the intensity in the second half," Schoonover said. "It was a complete nailbiter up until the end. It was a really fun game to be a part of."

The Lumberjacks return to the pitch Thursday, when they'll host Crookston at 4 p.m.

Bemidji 2, East Grand Forks 1

Bemidji 0 2 -- 2

E. Grand Forks 0 1 -- 1

First Half

No Scoring

Second Half

EGF - Holkesvig (Koberinski), 42:00

B - Wall (Palmer), 62:00

B - R.Bitter (L.Bitter), 70:00


Palmer (Bemidji) 14 7 - 21

Rarick (E. Grand Forks) 4 6 - 10

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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