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Bemidji HS Thursday Roundup: Jacks boys soccer team's offense erupts in 8-0 win over Hibbing

Max Hazelton makes a move around a Hibbing defenseman during the first half of Thursday's game. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Kyle Fodness notched a hat trick and Connor McNallan tossed a shutout as the Bemidji boys soccer team rolled over Hibbing 8-0 Thursday in Bemidji.

The win improved Bemidji's record to 8-3-1 and the Jacks will try to improve that mark Saturday when they host St. Cloud Apollo at 1 p.m.

"We scored immediately and just kept coming at Hibbing," said BHS coach Rick Toward. "We did everything we wanted to do. We possessed the ball and we bombed shots. It was a great day for us."

The Lumberjacks took control early as Max Hazelton converted a Fodness feed at 4:12. Fodness notched the next two goals, the first at 15:10 courtesy of Austin Kovach's assist and another five minutes later off Tanner Koetter's feed.

BHS tallied two insurance goals in the final three minutes. Isak Sommer found the net with help from Tony Smith at 37:40 and Riley Brooks scored off Sommer's assist at 38:18.

Bemidji continued its dominance in the second half. Eric Haugen scored with 23:45 to play in the stanza when he tipped home a loose ball from just outside the net. Nick Gorick initiated the play by shooting through the crowd.

With 22 minutes to play Hazelton struck again as he blasted a shot off the goalie.

Fodness completed his hat trick with 16:43 remaining in the game when he lofted a shot over the goaltender and under the crossbar.

McNallan finished with 13 saves, one of them coming on a penalty kick by Jacob Timmerman with 17 minutes to play.

"Earlier this year we defeated Walker 8-0 but Hibbing is a much better team," Toward said. "This win shows how much we have improved."

Bemidji dominated the first two games and, after dropping the third, recovered to spill Roseau 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 Thursday in Bemidji.

The victory upped Bemidji's record to 6-7. The Lumberjacks return to action Tuesday at Hibbing.

BHS controlled the opener as it bolted to a 15-5 advantage and never looked back. Jenna Sagedahl served four of the points early in the run and Kellie Morehouse was at the service line for another four points.

Roseau drew within 20-12 but Megghan Wannebo all but settled the issue by serving four points, including an ace.

Allie Heifort's winning spike added the exclamation point in the first-game victory.

The visitors played much better in the second game and were even with the Jacks at 10-10.

Nicole McDonald helped BHS gain the upper hand with four service points, two via aces and the others courtesy of winning spikes by Sagedahl and Jess Yost.

The Jacks stretched their lead to 18-12 before Roseau staged a comeback which brought the Rams within 20-18.

But Bemidji regained its form and consecutive spikes by Morehouse and Yost climaxed the win.

The third game belonged to Roseau. The Rams forged a 12-7 lead only to see BHS rally to tie at 20-20 and again at 22-22.

Roseau, however, used its strong net play to regain control and a spike by Michaela Lund followed by a pair of Madison Milner stuffs gave the Rams the victory.

Yost finished with 17 kills and Myria Colley 10. Meghan Wannebo had 23 digs. Yost also had three blocks and Morehouse three aces. Sagedahl finished with 40 set assists.

Thursday's all-day rain forced BHS to call off the tennis meet against Thief River Falls. The meet has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Bemidji.

The Jacks are off until Oct. 2 when they participate in the Detroit Lakes Invitational.

Bemidji's girls soccer team also saw Thursday's game at East Grand Forks become a weather victim because East Grand Forks was under a flood warning.

Officials have rescheduled that game for 5 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 30, in East Grand Forks.

The Lumberjacks will return to action Saturday when they travel to St. Cloud Apollo for a 1 p.m. game.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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