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Bemidji St. soccer rolls in NSIC opener

Coming off its first loss of the year, Bemidji State bounced back to beat Minnesota-Crookston 5-1 in the rain Tuesday evening.

The win improved Bemidji State's record to 3-1-0.

After being shutout on Friday against Dordt College, the Beaver forwards looked to get back in the swing of things after netting 14 goals in the first two games of the season.

"Today we moved the ball well and we did a good job of mixing up the play combining passes to the feet with overhead passes," head soccer coach Jim Stone said. "The midfield did a better job of connecting with the forward line in creating offensive opportunities today."

Kirsten Erickson had a goal and three assists for Bemidji State.

Ashlee Ellefsen, Brianna Duff, Yesnia Garcia and Kelly Pointon also scored goals for the Beavers.

Bemidji State led 5-0 before Crookston scored in the final minutes.

Erickson started the scoring for the Beavers as she picked up her third goal of the season in the 25th minute.

"Kirsten did a great job coming off the bench and providing spark for our team," Stone said.

The duo of Erickson and Ellefsen didn't stop there. Just five minutes later, Erickson returned the favor and dished the ball off to Ellefsen who put it past Golden Eagle keeper Anna Ogaard.

"It's important that she got first goal, it's important for her and for the team," Stone said. "Once she gets going she's hard to stop."

The Beavers went into halftime ahead 2-0.

Bemidji State got into a rhythm in the middle of the half scoring three goals within a span of 16 minutes.

Yesenia Garcia lofted a nice ball over the D-line to Brianna Duff who beat a challenging Ogaard to score her fifth goal of the season.

"Duff continues to impress," Stone said. "She's taken her game to a new level, and has been nothing short of great for us. I think she can build upon what she's done so far this season and I have no doubt that she will."

Kelly Pointon scored her first collegiate goal to give BSU a 5-0 lead with 13 minutes to play.

Crookston scored its lone goal on a penalty kick.

BSU keeper Abby Kjonaas played the second half and made five saves.

Samantha Ross (2-0) was credited with the win as she started the game and recorded 3 saves in the first half. Ross hasn't given up a goal in the 180 minutes she's been in net this season.

Erickson's three assists ties a team record for most assists in a game. She ties Jenny Stromberg, who had three assists last year against Wisconsin-Superior.