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SOCCER: Bemidji State scores another comeback victory against MSU Moorhead

Bemidji State midfielder Tiffany VanHaaften, left, and Minnesota State Moorhead midfielder Isabel Neyman (23) both leap for a header off a BSU corner kick in the first half Saturday afternoon. The Beavers came back to top the Dragons 2-1. Jack Hittinger | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State soccer team is a fan of the comeback victory.

After conceding a MSU Moorhead goal late in the first half, the Beavers answered just four minutes later to tie then added a second-half goal from Mary O’Brien to beat the Dragons 2-1 Saturday night. It was the fifth win in a row for BSU.

O’Brien broke the tie at the 68:01 mark in the second half. Freshman Hillary Arechigo dribbled by a defender, then passed the ball to Jess Voeller, who passed it across the six-yard box and O’Brien was able to knock it in for the eventual game-winning goal.

O’Brien now has a team-leading seven goals this season and two game-winners.

The Dragons struck in the first half. After they were awarded a corner kick, Isabel Neyman found the end of it and drove one past sophomore goalkeeper Sonja Barr at the 37:58 mark.

But the Beavers responded less than 10 minutes later with a goal of its own off a corner kick.

Freshman Abigail Nyquist sent in the kick, and after a Moorhead defender tried to clear it, the ball found Arechigo, who shot one into the right side of the net.

Bemidji State was outshot in the game 25-11 but notched eight on goal.

Barr matched a season-high, posting nine saves in the victory. She improves to 6-0-1 on the season.

The Beavers will look for their sixth straight victory today when they take on Northern State at 1 p.m.

Bemidji State 2, MSU Moorhead 1

MSU    1      0 – 1

BSU    1      1 – 2


First Half

MSU - Neyman (Gallegos), 36:58

BSU – Arechigo, 43:22

Second Half

BSU – O’Brien (Voeller, Arechigo), 68:01

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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