Bemidji HS girls soccer: Consistent play powers playoff win
The Bemidji High girls soccer team moved into the semifinals of the 8A North tournament Tuesday, blanking Detroit Lakes 3-0 at the Middle School field.
It sends Bemidji back to East Grand Forks tomorrow to face the top seeded Green Wave in their third meeting of the year.
East Side won the first two games by 4-1 margins.
Bemidji played perhaps its most consistent game of the year Tuesday, winning the rubber match between the two teams. Each had won 3-2 decisions on the other's field this fall.
But the home team left little doubt of who was the better team in the playoffs.
While it out shot the Lakers only 29-27 in its loss here last week, it controlled Tuesday's game with a 34-14 shots bulge putting 19 on goal to the Lakers four and kept the ball in the offensive zone most of the day.
It also avoided the defensive lapses of the previous game that cost three goals.
Bronwyn Boyd scored twice and Josie Spry once.
It lifted Bemidji to 9-8-1 on the season and assured it of no worse than a .500 finish. DL ended at 8-10.
It was a game Bemidji might easily have won by a more convincing margin.
It piled up a 17-6 shots bulge in the opening half, yet settled for a Spry goal at the 24:23 mark off a Boyd ricochet after Boyd fired the first shot on a long feed from Caitlin Blotske from the left side.
Nicole Ramos made only one save in the half ,a great stop on what appeared to be a sure goal.
The 1-0 lead lasted 15 minutes into the second half despite repeated Bemidji shots on Colleen Gray. Bemidji missed several great scoring chances before Boyd connected off an Erin Booth feed into the crease for a 10 yarder past Gray.
Nine minutes later she took a near identical pass from Blotske and found herself alone near the goal for another sure shot.
Spry missed another certain goal late in the game when she blasted a shot in the box just wide of the right goal post.
Ramos ended with only four stops, two of them of first rate proportions. Gray had 16 saves as Bemidji piled up a 20 shot advantage.
While Bemidji will be a decided underdog tomorrow, the team goes into the game with an added air of confidence hoping to pull an upset over its former assistant coach Jess Krog. Through the years, the match up of the teams has produced some spirited soccer.
Detroit Lakes 0 0---0
Bemidji 1 2--3
24:32 Spry (Boyd)
55:49 Boyd (Booth)
64:21 Boyd (Blotske)
DL-Gray 7 9---16
Bem-Ramos 1 3--- 4
Corner kicks; DL 7, Bemidji 6