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Bemidji St. soccer: Duff leads Beavers in 7-0 victory

MILWAUKEE - After having one game canceled due to heavy rain, the Bemidji State soccer team came out gunning against Cardinal Stritch University defeated Cardinal Stritch 7-0 Friday afternoon.

The game saw five different players score goals for the Beavers and an additional five gained assists.

"We were able to player very focused today," head soccer coach Jim Stone said. "Overall we played well as a team and we didn't let down our concentration for the entire 90 minutes."

Sophomore Kari McAllen opened the scoring up in 28th minute on a goal that was assisted by Brianna Duff.

Just minutes later Bemidji State went back on the attack and saw Duff and Kathryn Bjorge connect with Analey Skog for a goal.

"Skog played really well today as she was able to connect with the wide forwards to create opportunities," Stone said. "Her ability to make some nice combination plays in the corners of the field allowed her to get behind their backline."

In the closing minutes of the first half Duff went back on the prowl and netted her second collegiate goal. Assisting on the goal was Sara Dalton and Kim Sorteberg.

"Duff is always a workhorse," Stone said. "She has such good movement and that allowed her to get behind the defenders at the right time."

The Beavers went into halftime up 3-0 without conceding a single shot.

Kirsten Erickson, Bri Scanlan, Skog and Duff scored goals in the second half.

Samantha Ross (1-0) started in goal for the Beavers, but saw little action as she was not required to make a single save.

Abby Kjonaas played in net during the second half and also saw no shots on goal.

Duff set new personal single-game highs scoring two goals and collecting two assists.

Skog also set new personal single-game mark scoring two goals.

McAllen's and Erickson's goals were the first of their college careers.

The Beavers travel to Iowa next weekend to face Northwestern College in Orange City on Friday and Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday.