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Boys soccer: Bemidji dismantles Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 14-0

PAT MILLER | BEMIDJI PIONEER Bemidji's Leif Erickson scores a goal during Sat-urday's 14-0 Lumberjacks victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Erickson also added a pair of assists.

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji boys soccer team took care of business Saturday as the Lumberjacks dismantled undermanned Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 14-0 at the middle school pitch.

BHS took charge from the outset as goals by Noah Kovach and Leo Spry provided a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the action.

By intermission the Lumberjacks had increased their advantage to 10-0 and Bemidji coach Rick Toward juggled his lineup in an attempt to keep his players motivated.

"Walker is a conference opponent and you have to play against all of the teams in the conference," Toward said. "We used to play against Walker twice a season but now we only play them once. We do the same with Crookston because we want to make our schedule as tough as it can be."

The Wolves proved to be no match Saturday and Bemidji could have scored at will if the Jacks had been so inclined.

During the first half Travis Slettvedt collected a hat trick and in the second stanza Bruno Cheney scored three goals.

Cheney spent the first half tending Bemidji's net but in the second stanza he switched places with attacker Alex Schussman.

Also contributing to the first-half outburst were Kovach and Niklas Luiga with two goals plus Leo Spry, Gunnar Nelson and Charlie Sandquist who all scored one.

Leif Erickson had one of Bemidji's four goals in the second half.

WHA goalie Jonathon Anderson was constantly under attack and the sophomore finished with 18 saves. Cheney and Schussman each had a quiet half as they combined for only three stops.

"The nice thing about the game was that we had the opportunity to put kids into different positions and play some players who normally wouldn't see much time on the field," Toward said.

After starting 0-3 BHS now boasts a 2-3-2 record and Toward is pleased with the progress the Jacks have made.

He also hopes that the trend continues Tuesday at St. Cloud Cathedral.

"Tuesday will be a major test for us," the coach said. "Heading to St. Cloud on a school night is going to be tough."

Bemidji 14, WHA 0

WHA 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 10 4 - 14

First Half

B-Kovach (unassisted) 2:30

B-Spry (unassisted) 2:47

B-Slettvedt (unassisted) 16:57

B-Nelson (unassisted) 17:44

B-Slettvedt (unassisted) 21;21

B-Slettvedt (Johannsen) 25:48

B-Luiga (unassisted) 30:40

B-Kovach (unassisted) 33:27

B-Luiga (Johannsen) 36:56

B-Sandquist (unassisted) 39:49

Second Half

B-Cheney (unassisted) 9:37

B-L.Erickson (Spry) 21:05

B-Cheney (Erickson) 35:14

B-Cheney (Erickson) 36:31


Anderson (WHA) 18; Cheney (B) 2, Schussman (B) 1

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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