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BHS boys soccer team seeks third win of season Thursday

Tuesday in Grand Rapids the Bemidji boys soccer team battled the Thunderhawks to a 1-1 overtime draw.

Tony Smith's 16-yard shot in the final six minutes of regulation bounced off the defense and past the Grand Rapids goalie for the tying tally. Neither team scored in either of the two 5-minute overtimes.

The tie gave the Lumberjacks a 2-2-1 record heading into today's 5 p.m. home game against East Grand Forks. Saturday BHS will make a long road trip east as it plays at Two Harbors.

The Thunderhawks scored the lone goal of the first half midway through the session. Bemidji dominated the territorial battle in the second stanza but couldn't find the scoreboard until Zach Jones fed Smith for the tying marker.

"In the second half Grand Rapids packed it in," said Jacks goalie Rick Toward. "We kept putting on the pressure and finally the ball came out to Tony and the shot deflected off a bunch of bodies and into the net."

Carl Graefe had 14 saves in the Bemidji net while the Lumberjacks tested the Grand Rapids goalie 13 times.

Bemidji played well Tuesday during its 3-1 home loss to East Grand Forks and today the Jacks will invade Crookston for a 6 p.m. game.

"We're hoping for a win," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover whose team lost its third straight contest to fall to 2-3 on the season.

"East Grand Forks is a very good team and playing against a team of that caliber is a good learning tool for us. In each game our defense has gotten better and now our job is to play more of an offensive style."

The girls junior varsity soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to East Grand Forks Tuesday.

Neither team scored in the opening half but the Green Wave tallied twice in the second session

Whitney Morin had 22 saves in the Bemidji net while the offense generated 13 shots.

The boys junior varsity soccer team (4-0-1) blanked Grand Rapids 5-0 Tuesday behind a pair of goals by Gunnar Nelson. Alex Schussman, Caio Granja and Dylan Eichstad also scored. Elias Hendrickson had two assists and Schussman one.

Matthew Bitter finished with nine saves in the Bemidji goal.

In Tuesday's preliminary home volleyball games Bemidji swept Deer River. The junior varsity won 25-20, 25-19 while the B-team posted a 25-19, 25-10 victory.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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