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GIRLS SOCCER: Wall scores four as Bemidji dominates W-H-A

MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER Walker-Hackensack-Akeley defenseman Marissa Josephson, left, couldn't stop Bemidji's Maea Wall from scoring in the first half action Tuesday evening. Wall scored four goals -- including three in the first half -- in the Lumberjacks' 7-0 shutout victory over the Wolves.

BEMIDJI -- When Maea Wall and Rachel Bitter are locked in, the Bemidji Lumberjacks are tough to stop.

The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake-Bena Wolves found that out the hard way Tuesday evening at the Bemidji Middle School soccer field.

Wall scored four times and Bitter had four assists -- including two Bitter-to-Wall scores -- as the Lumberjacks eased their way past the Wolves 7-0.

"They were really working together well today," BHS head coach Kelly Schoonover said. "Rachel was just spot on for all of her assists tonight."

The Wolves (0-5) simply couldn't solve the two high-flying forwards for the Lumberjacks (4-3).

Wall scored the first goal of the match just nine minutes in, taking it in unassisted after forcing a turnover and beating goalkeeper Emma Gribbin.

Just a minute later, Bitter found Wall with a cross to make it 2-0. The two connected again at the 14-minute mark to make it 3-0 and the rout was on.

In the 32nd minute Bitter lofted a cross to Annah Schussman to close the half and put BHS up 4-0.

The Lumberjacks didn't give the Wolves many chances, but W-H-A had a few near-misses in the second half.

Just two minutes into the half Danica Aletto came tantalizingly close to a goal, but hit the post despite having a clear side of the net to work with.

A few minutes later Aletto had another good shot but the ball went wide.

Bemidji answered at the 50th minute. Bitter found Jillian Ricci for her fourth assist of the game.

BHS tacked on two more, including a Wall breakaway goal in the 67th minute and a score from Paige Moen in the 75th minute.

"It was a good game for all of us," Schoonover said. "It gave us an opportunity to get some of the younger players in the game. It also gave Maea and Rachel a good chance to get locked in with each other. They both had some nice touches today, which was good to see."

Wall currently leads the team with nine goals while Bitter isn't far behind with seven.

Freshman goalkeeper Laura Bieberdorf had a shutout for the Lumberjacks, making three saves. Emma Gribbon made 17 saves for the Wolves.

The Lumberjacks return to the field Saturday at 3 p.m. when they'll host rivals Moorhead.

W-H-A/CL-B 0 0 -- 0

Bemidji 4 3 -- 7

First Half

1, B, Wall (unassisted), 9:00

2, B, Wall (Bitter), 10:00

3, B, Wall (Bitter), 14:00

4, B, Schussman (Bitter), 32:00

Second Half

5, B, Ricci (Bitter), 50:00

6, B, Wall (unassisted), 67:00

7, B, Moen (Ricci), 75:00

Keeper Saves

Gribbon (W-H-A), 11 6 - 17

Bieberdorf (Bemidji), 2 1 -- 3

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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