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BOYS SOCCER: Bemidji ties Sartell-St. Stephen

SARTELL -- A last minute goal stole a Bemidji win in high school boys soccer action Saturday, as Sartell-St. Stephen's late tally forced the teams into a 1-1 draw.

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SARTELL -- A last minute goal stole a Bemidji win in high school boys soccer action Saturday, as Sartell-St. Stephen’s late tally forced the teams into a 1-1 draw.

Similar to their 3-0 win over Pelican Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Lumberjacks were without their leading scorer, junior Silas Hess, due to turf toe, but this time they couldn’t pull out the win without him.

“It wasn’t our best game,” BHS head coach Rick Toward said. “No excuses, the field was in good shape, referees were fine. We just didn’t play real well.”

After a scoreless first half, Bemidji (11-3) picked it up in the second frame and finally buried the game’s first goal in the 67th minute.

Ethan Mock split a pair of defenders for Aidan Helwig to run onto. Helwig put a shot on goal that the Sabres keeper couldn't control, and Helwig put another touch on it for the goal.

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The Jacks then nearly sealed a win when they put another in the net with about eight minutes left in regulation, but Bemidji was called offside.

With 57 seconds left in the second half, the Sabres equalized with a goal off of a corner kick. The cross came from Ouceny Soumah towards the opposite post, and Ben Elness directed it into the net to knot the score at 1-1.

“You’re going to have a game like that once in a while when you’re in a 16-game season,” Toward said. “We get kind of dependent on certain people, and when they’re not on the field it seems like we don’t really know how to adjust. It’s a good learning process for us as a team to figure things out and grow a little bit so we don’t become too predictable.”

Bemidji will look to get back in the win column in its 7 p.m. game Monday, Oct. 1, against East Grand Forks at Chet Anderson Stadium. Then, the Jacks wrap up the regular season at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls.

“All-in-all, we go 2-0-1 this week,” Toward said. “We’ve got two games left in the regular season, and we’re trying to get healthy so we can be at our best for the end of the year.”

Bemidji 1, Sartell-St. Stephen 1

BEM 0 1 0 -- 1

SSS 0 1 0 -- 1

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First Half – No scoring.

Second Half -- 1, BEM GOAL, Helwig (Mock), 64’; 2, SSS GOAL, Elness (Soumah), 80’.

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