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SOCCER: Minnesota State scores three unanswered to top BSU 3-1

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State soccer team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as Minnesota State Mankato scored three unanswered goals to topple the Beavers 3-1 Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Beavers (4-1, 1-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fired a goal just two minutes into the game to take a lead. Junior Mary O’Brien got loose on a breakaway and beat one defender before shooting it past goalkeeper Molly McGough.

But in the 27th minute, MSU — the No. 8 ranked team in the nation — took over.

Senior Courtney Vallarelli beat BSU freshman keeper Amanda Garvin for her third goal of the year to even the match at 1-1.

Six minutes later, Emily Moris made it 2-1 Mavericks after redirecting Korey Kronforst’s shot on goal to go up 2-1.

In the second half BSU kept close but the Mavericks put it out of reach in the 89th minute with a goal from Kronforst.

For the match, Minnesota State held an edge over Bemidji State in shots (19-7), shots on goal (11-4) and corner kicks (6-1). Garvin stopped a match-high nine shots for BSU.

The Beavers return to the pitch today for another NSIC match against Concordia-St. Paul.

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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