GIRLS SOCCER: Bieberdorf makes 20 saves in Bemidji's 1-0 loss
ST. FRANCIS -- Junior goalkeeper Laura Bieberdorf made 20 saves against St. Francis Saturday, but it was the one she couldn't get to which made the difference.
ST. FRANCIS - Junior goalkeeper Laura Bieberdorf made 20 saves against St. Francis Saturday, but it was the one she couldn’t get to which made the difference.
The Fighting Saints beat the Lumberjacks 1-0 with a goal at the 50 minute mark to make the difference in the game.
“Their back center dribbled up and created the opportunity for a goal,” head coach Logan Larsen said. “It was a long shot, but it was started by a strong play by their center back.”
Despite giving up 21 shots, the Bemidji (1-1) defense was strong in not allowing many easy shots. The majority of St. Francis’ shots came for at least 18 yards out.
“They were all from a pretty good distance,” Larsen said. “They took some wild shots, almost entirely outside of 18 yards.”
The Fighting Saints outshot the Jacks 21-8 in the game and in their eight shots the St. Francis goalie stepped up to maintain the shutout.
Bemidji had a couple good chances to tie the game, but it couldn’t finish the job.
“We had a couple breakaways,” Larsen said. “But their goalie made herself big by coming out and keeping us from tying the game.”
The Lumberjacks will look to rebound at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Moorhead at Chet Anderson Stadium on the campus of Bemidji State University.
The junior varsity team held their own against a St. Francis JV team made up of mostly upperclassmen.
Bemidji was defeated 5-4, but got two goals from Alexis Paquette and Lindsey Hildenbrand while Liz Corradi scored one.
Abigail Kieson made eight saves in the close loss.