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BOYS SOCCER: Jacks meet match in Hill-Murray as Jacob Dinzeo bags 4 goals

“Not to make excuses, but he’s really good,” BHS head coach Rick Toward said.

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BEMIDJI – When one player scores four goals for a team, the opposition typically doesn’t come out on top.

That proved to be true on Saturday at Bemidji Middle School, as Hill-Murray – the No. 2-ranked squad in Class AA – powered to a 7-0 win over the Bemidji High School boys soccer team on the strength of sophomore center midfielder Jacob Dinzeo’s four goals.

“Not to make excuses, but he’s really good,” BHS head coach Rick Toward said.

The stellar sophomore secured a hat trick within 30 minutes, then capped off his performance with a fourth score in the 47th minute.

As a whole, Hill-Murray scored six times in the first half as the Lumberjacks contended with inexperience in their midfield.


“We needed a timeout,” Toward said. “We're not going to win that game 100 times out of 100. But to not have Lincoln (Schmitt) be healthy, to not have (Jonathan Devescovi) healthy, to not have Tommy (DeGeus) be healthy, my midfield was a mess.”

The Lumberjacks tightened things up in the second half despite playing with ten men for much of the period. Isaac Stone picked up a second yellow card and was sent off – he will also miss the Jacks’ next match against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Monday.

Goalkeeper Connor Helm collected a penalty kick save for Bemidji in the 54th minute, adding a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy result. Helm finished with 15 saves overall, while Hill-Murray keeper Jack Erickson recorded one.

The Lumberjacks will look to rebound against Hillcrest Lutheran at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, back at the middle school.

Hill-Murray 7, Bemidji 0

HM 6 1 – 7

BHS 0 0 – 0

First half – 1, HM GOAL, Dinzeo (O’Connor), 3’; 2, HM GOAL, own goal, 9’; 3, HM GOAL, O’Connor (Petrich), 15’; 4, HM GOAL, Dinzeo (unassisted), 24’; 5, HM GOAL, Paul (Zelada), 29'; 6, HM GOAL, Dinzeo (unassisted), 30’.


Second half – 7, HM GOAL, Dinzeo (unassisted), 47’.

Saves – Helm (BHS) 15; Erickson (HM) 1.

Christian Babcock is a sports reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer. He trekked to Bemidji from his hometown of Campbell, Calif., after graduating from the Cronkite School at Arizona State University in 2021. Follow him on Twitter at @CB_Journalist for updates on the Lumberjacks and Beavers or to suggest your favorite local restaurant.
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