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Bemidji High School Soccer: Fodness' late goal leads to win

Kyle Fodness floated a finesse shot over the goalie's outstretched arms with 3:43 remaining in the second overtime to give the Bemidji boys soccer team a 3-2 home victory over East Grand Forks Thursday.

The win extended Bemidji's unbeaten streak to four games and upped the Jacks' record to 3-2-1.

"A win is a win but this was not a pretty victory," said BHS coach Rick Toward whose team heads to Two Harbors Saturday.

The Lumberjacks owned a 1-0 lead at the break as David Wyllie found the net from close range courtesy of Max Hazelton's feed.

Early in the second stanza, however, East Grand Forks scored a pair of goals, the first at the 12 minute mark following a throw-in and the second 21 minutes in.

After the latter goal EGF collapsed the defenders trying to stall.

But with 10:17 remaining in regulation Bemidji was awarded a free kick from 20 yards out and Fodness ripped it into the open right corner.

Neither team scored in the first OT but Fodness connected during the second extra period.

"We battled and battled and we eventually tied the game," Toward said. "Then we battled and battled and won the game. It wasn't a pretty win but it was a win. And we'll take it."

The Bemidji girls soccer team defeated Crookston 4-1 Thursday afternoon to snap a two-game slide.

The Lumberjacks scored three times in the first half on goals from Erin Booth, Maari Stocker and Andrea Hanson.

Booth scored in the 25th minute of an assist from Caitlin Blotske, then assisted on Stocker's goal in the 30th minute and Hanson made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute off a Blotske feed.

Shannon Kaiser scored Crookston's lone goal in the 42nd minute.

Alexa Wang put the game out out of reach in the 60th minute when she scored the final goal of the game on an assist from Hanson.

Casey Palmer and Whitney Morin teamed up in net for the win. Palmer had five saves in the first half and Morin had five saves in the second half.

"We were excited to get this win after losing the last two games and this was a nice confidence builder," Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover said. "We hope to keep up the pressure and the scoring in the next few games."

The junior varsity team defeated Crookston 5-0. Essie Wall scored three goals and Emily Boyer scored two goals. Palmer and Morin combined for three saves. The Jacks offense put 21 shots on goal.

The Lumberjacks (3-3) next game is Saturday at St. Cloud Cathedral at 11 a.m.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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