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GIRLS SOCCER: Hildenbrand nets a hat trick and change in win

BEMIDJI -- After a poor start and a 2-0 deficit to wake up the Bemidji High School girls soccer team on Tuesday, junior striker Lindsey Hildenbrand scored all four of the Lumberjacks' goals to help them to a 4-2 comeback victory over St. Cloud Ap...

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Bemidji High School junior Lindsey Hildenbrand (9) and senior Kinley Prestegard celebrate one of Hildenbrand’s four goals in Tuesday’s game against St. Cloud Apollo at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- After a poor start and a 2-0 deficit to wake up the Bemidji High School girls soccer team on Tuesday, junior striker Lindsey Hildenbrand scored all four of the Lumberjacks’ goals to help them to a 4-2 comeback victory over St. Cloud Apollo at Chet Anderson Stadium.

“I think we just needed to bring up the intensity,” Hildenbrand said. “We were just not playing our game. We were dispossessing it, not really trying to score. Once we brought up the intensity, then we finally started scoring goals.”

The Eagles (4-6-1) were first on the board in the seventh minute when Jessica Timpane hit Sofie Streich with a well placed through ball for the finish.

In the 28th minute, Timpane scored a goal of her own from Emily Koepp for a 2-0 lead.

“I was pretty worried to be honest,” BHS head coach Logan Larsen said of the deficit. “The boys just had that game where Brainerd got a quick goal and they packed it in (and won 1-0), so I thought, well, it can happen to anyone, so I was certainly worried.”

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The Lumberjacks (10-2) adjusted from that point to work their attack from width, but their first goal went right up the middle when Harper Toward found Hildenbrand, who worked through two defenders for a breakaway and swiftly deposited her shot to the left corner to cut the Apollo lead to 2-1.

Less than a minute later in the 31st, Hildenbrand passed left to Kinley Prestegard, who hit the post with a hard shot, and the ball bounced right back to Hildenbrand for a tap-in tying goal.

Toward earned her second assist of the night on her second shot off the crossbar of the night. Her shot rattled the woodwork from 30 yards out in the 50th minute and bounced to a waiting Hildenbrand for another easy rebound goal for Bemidji’s first lead, 3-2.

The Jacks finalized the score in the 75th minute. Emma Dean made a perfect pass to Liberty Dickerson in the 18-yard box for Dickerson to shoot towards goal, and Hildenbrand buried her fourth and final goal by redirecting the shot past the Eagles goalkeeper.

In order to avoid falling behind in the first place, Hildenbrand said the team needs to approach each game with the same mindset, no matter the opponent.

“I think we just need to start every game like it’s going to be a hard game,” she said. “I don’t think we came into this game with our mindset quite right.”

Part of the issue for the Jacks may have been the playing surface as it was their first time playing on the Chet Anderson Stadium turf, as they always practice on grass.

“I think we just don’t get enough time on turf,” Larsen said. I’m not going to give us any excuse there, but I think this game will help that.”

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BHS next hosts Moorhead at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, on the Bemidji Middle School grass field. The Class AA Spuds (9-2) are one of two teams to get the better of the Jacks this season, stealing a 2-0 win Sept. 13 in Moorhead.

Bemidji 4, St. Cloud Apollo 2

BEM 2 2 -- 4

SCA 2 0 -- 2

First half -- 1, SCA GOAL, Streich (Timpane) 7’; 2, SCA GOAL, Timpane (Koepp) 28’; 3, BEM GOAL, Hildenbrand (Toward) 30’; 4, BEM GOAL, Hildenbrand (Prestegard) 31’.

Second half -- 5, BEM GOAL, Hildenbrand (Toward) 50’; 6, BEM GOAL, Hildenbrand (Dickerson) 75’.

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