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GIRLS SOCCER: Weary Bemidji falls to EGF, 3-2

Bemidji defenseman Paige Moen outmaneuvers East Grand Forks’ Lizzie Holkesvig, on ground, and clears the ball past Rylee Skyberg during the first half of their game Thursday night. The Lumberjacks fell to the Green Wave 3-2. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — On Saturday the Bemidji girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Moorhead. On Monday the Lumberjacks blitzed Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 9-0 and the next day they found a way to defeat Duluth East 2-1 in a rugged affair that saw many players absorb and deliver hard hits.

Thursday BHS was on the pitch again, this time against East Grand Forks which took a 9-1-1 record into the game at the middle school field.

Asking for another 80-minute complete effort probably was asking for too much. Bemidji played well and played hard but the rigors of playing four games in six days eventually took its toll as the Green Wave rallied from a 2-0 deficit to spill the Jacks 3-2.

“We’re tired,” said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. “We played hard but, unfortunately, East Grand was able to bounce back just as hard and play intense soccer down the stretch.

“This was a very competitive game and one that could have gone either way,” Schoonover said. “But, in the end, we were tired from our busy schedule.”

Thursday’s game was scoreless through the first half but Rachel Bitter provided a quick spark in the second stanza by scoring at the 50-minute mark and again four minutes later.

On the first goal Bitter and Maea Wall worked a pretty give-and-go which eventually provided an open shot for Bitter from 15 yards out. And Bitter didn’t miss, beating EGF netminder Sam Rarick inside the left post.

A few minutes later the Lumberjacks generated another attack when Rachael Holm and Annah Schussman teamed to gain open space on the left side of midfield. The pair was able to get the ball to Wall outside the box but Rarick left her crease to try and disrupt the play.

Rarick’s tactic didn’t work, however, as the ball bounced to Bitter and, with Rarick out of position, Bitter easily found the empty net for her second goal of the half.

The Lumberjacks didn’t have much time to celebrate their two-goal lead as East Grand Forks answered with two quick strikes.

Erica Eades tallied the first goal when she camped outside the left post and converted a crossing pass from Riley Koberinski at the 56:40 mark.

Koberinski tied the game six minutes later when she scored on a breakaway.

The 2-2 tie lasted only six minutes as the visitors notched the eventual game-winner when Tiffany Hanson tipped home another crossing pass from close range.

Casey Palmer stopped 13 shots in the BHS net and Rarick finished with 15 saves.

“One of our goals this year was to win the Lakes to Prairie Conference title and this loss hurt our chances,” Schoonover, whose team fell to 4-2 in league play, said.

Detroit Lakes is 3-0-1 in conference play while EGF is 6-2-1 and Crookston 2-4. Hillcrest Lutheran and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley are both 0-4.

“We’re disappointed with Thursday’s loss but Saturday we’ll have to bounce back because we play Brainerd in an important section game,” Schoonover added.

Saturday’s contest will begin at 4 p.m.

EGF 0 3 - 3

Bemidji 0 2 - 2

First Half

No scoring

Second Half

B-R.Bitter (Wall) 49:58

B-R.Bitter (unassisted) 53:45

EGF-Eades (Kobernick) 56:40

EGF-Kobernick (unassisted) 63:09

EGF-Hanson (Jensen) 69:07


Rarick (EGF) 15; Palmer (B) 13

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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