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Bemidji State soccer: Beavers strong season ends in NSIC semifinals

Minnesota-Duluth's Ashley Brown (21) and Bemidji State's Samantha Lumberg battle for control of the ball during Friday's NSIC?semifinal game at Winona. BSU?Photo Services

The Bemidji State University soccer team's run in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference came to an end Friday as Minnesota-Duluth defeated the Beavers 1-0 in the semifinal round of the NSIC/US Bank tournament at Winona.

The game was a tale of two halves, as UMD controlled the play in the first half and BSU outplayed the Bulldogs in the second.

Minnesota-Duluth outshot Bemidji State 12-1 in the first half, with keeper Samnatha Ross making two fine saves off shots that went on goal.

The Bulldogs jumped on the board first, scoring in the 23rd minute on a goal by Reegan Lloyd. The goal was started after the Beavers cleared out a ball from a UMD corner kick. Lloyd shot the ball from the top of the Beavers' 18-yard box. Her shot deflected off a player before going on net. Ross got a piece of the ball, but couldn't react to the redirection quickly enough and the ball trickled in for the Minnesota-Duluth goal.

WIth a one-goal deficit to overcome, the Beavers mustered up a great turnaround performance in the second half. In the final 45 minutes of play, the Beavers outshot the Bulldogs 10-2 while not allowing UMD to get a shot on target.

The Beavers created multiple scoring chances in the half, including a through ball that went to Bri Scanlan. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Scanlan's shot went just wide and hit the far post before being jumped on by the UMD keeper Hannah Bengston.

Bemidji State had a few more chances in the final 10 minutes of the match, but each attempt was rejected.

The Beavers finished their most successful season with a 14-4-1 record.

They posted their first playoff victory since 2005 on Wednesday when they defeated Augustana 2-1 in Bemidji.