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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Erin Becker buries winner in 89th minute for 2-1 Beaver win

With Minnesota Duluth inching closer and closer to a draw on Friday night in Duluth, Becker buried the clutch game-winning goal with 1:25 left in regulation -- delivering the Beavers a late 2-1 win instead.

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DULUTH -- Erin Becker played hero for the Bemidji State women’s soccer team on Friday night.

With Minnesota Duluth inching closer and closer to a draw on Friday night in Duluth, Becker buried the clutch game-winning goal with 1:25 left in regulation -- delivering the Beavers a late 2-1 win instead.

Becker had a vacated net to work with once UMD keeper Jennifer Norris left her line to make a play on the previous ball. Sara Wendt maintained possession for BSU and ultimately hit the post on a tight angle, and the ball deflected to Becker just in time for her decisive tap-in off the left foot.

It almost went for naught, as Sarah Stange hit the crossbar with six seconds left in the match on a would-be equalizer from distance, but it safely deflected high as time expired on the Bulldogs (3-5-2, 2-3-2 NSIC).

Bemidji State (5-2-3, 4-1-2 NSIC) struck first in the 36th minute, when Megan Dahl scored a beautiful goal off Megan Majewski’s free kick. Dahl ran under the lofted ball, then swept a right-footed kick that guided the ball into the top corner of the net.

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That 1-0 lead looked like it was going to hold up for much of the match, but UMD’s Eliana Maricano got on the scoresheet in the 69th minute. Maricano sent a hopeful ball on target from the edge of the 18-yard box, and BSU keeper Alyssa Stumbaugh was in perfect position for the stop, but the ball slipped through Stumbaugh’s hands and trickled across the goal line for an equalizer.

The 1-1 tie then seemed to be a worthy candidate for the final score as time wound down, but Becker’s late dramatics gave the Beavers the much-needed additional two points for the conference standings.

Stumbaugh finished with four saves on the night, and Norris tallied three.

Bemidji State will wrap up the weekend with a 1 p.m. match at St. Cloud State on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota Duluth 1

BSU 1 1 -- 2

UMD 0 1 -- 1

First half -- 1, BSU GOAL, Dahl (Majewski), 36’.

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Second half -- 2, UMD GOAL, Maricano (Stange), 69’; 3, BSU GOAL, Becker (unassisted), 89’.

Saves -- Stumbaugh (BSU) 4; Norris (UMD) 3.

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