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GIRLS SOCCER: Marah Bitter equalizes with 6 seconds left as Bemidji ties EGF 1-1

Marah Bitter scored in the final moments of regulation on Tuesday in East Grand Forks, helping the Lumberjacks play to a 1-1 tie.

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EAST GRAND FORKS -- There’s nothing worse than losing to a rival.

And so, with just six seconds to spare, Marah Bitter made sure the Bemidji High School girls soccer team didn’t suffer such a fate.

Bitter scored in the final moments of regulation on Tuesday in East Grand Forks, helping the Lumberjacks play to a 1-1 tie against EGF.

Bitter moved up from the backline to an offensive center midfielder role with 10 minutes remaining and BHS (1-1-1) in a 1-0 deficit. The switch paid off, because Bitter dangled around a defender and then chipped a ball over the keeper to hit the side netting of the back post. Kate Corradi earned the assist on the play.

Camryn Adams broke open the scoring in the 60th minute for the Green Wave (2-0-1), and the East Grand Forks edge held at 1-0 until the closing moments of the night.

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But Bitter struck just in the nick of time, scoring in the 80th minute and helping Bemidji stave off defeat.

Nobody scored in 10 minutes of overtime, officially bringing on a tie that was surely better than the expected alternative for the Jacks.

Goalkeeper Kiera Nelson kept things close for BHS by notching a dozen saves in net.

Bemidji will next be home at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, to host Cloquet/Carlton at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Bemidji 1, East Grand Forks 1 (OT)

BHS 0 1 0 0 -- 0

EGF 0 1 0 0 -- 1

First half -- No scoring.

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Second half -- 1, EGF GOAL, Adams, 60’; 2, BHS GOAL, Bitter (Corradi), 80’.

First overtime -- No scoring.

Second overtime -- No scoring.

Saves -- Nelson (BHS) 12.

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