BOYS SOCCER: Bemidji nets 11 in section playoff opener
BEMIDJI -- Having not scored more than three goals in a game since Sept. 15, the Bemidji High School boys soccer team went on a scoring frenzy in the first round of the Section 8A playoffs Thursday, defeating Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake-Bena 11-0 at Chet Anderson Stadium.
“I think it was nice to see our team have to figure things out when we didn’t have our leading scorer on the field the last few games,” BHS head coach Rick Toward said. “But when Silas (Hess) stepped on, even though you can see he’s not fully 100 percent, things clicked a little better in terms of connecting passes through the middle of the field and creating opportunities.
“He only played 20 minutes for me tonight, but you can tell that when the chips are going to be down, when we need that energy and that effort, he’ll be there for us in the next games.”
Junior Ethan Mock opened Bemidji’s offensive outburst with goals in the 11th and 15th minutes before developing another off a corner kick in the 23rd, when Pau Mesegue headed his cross on to James Siems to bury for the Jacks’ third goal.
Before halftime, Blaine Sauer scored a goal and assisted a Will Schwindt tally, bringing Bemidji to a 5-0 lead at the break.
Despite several substitutions for the Lumberjacks, their attack didn’t slow down in the second half.
Logan Mitchell joined the scoresheet in the 51st minute with a 40-yard run through defenders before tucking it into the corner for a 6-0 Bemidji lead.
In the next nine minutes, Bemidji extended the lead to 9-nil with two goals from Aidan Helwig and one from Siems.
In the 53rd minute, Chase Mock took the field for the first time in a long time after being out with a back injury.
“They’re seniors obviously next year, so they’re not going to have a lot of time to play together,” Toward said of the twins, Ethan and Chase Mock. “So having them have that opportunity was pretty special, and just as long as we can keep (Chase) healthy.
“He obviously can contribute to our team, but he has other sports that he loves to play and we want to make sure he doesn’t do anything to jeopardize those opportunities, too.”
Brekt Thorsgard then scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute, and Mock wrapped up his hat trick in the final minute to cap the game off with an 11-0 win.
The Lumberjacks had 37 attempts at goal in the contest, 21 on target, while JD Bitter and Joe Fletcher split a shutout in goal without making a save in the defensive end.
In addition to Mock’s hat trick, Siems finished the game with two goals and two assists, while Sauer had a goal and two assists. Helwig chipped in a pair of goals, Schwindt had a goal and an assist and Mesegue and Silas Hess each had two helpers.
“It was nice to get as many players on the field, and then have some players who don’t score a lot get that many opportunities,” Toward said. “Ethan got his hat trick, but to see Jimmy Siems get two goals senior year (and) to see Brekt get his first goal of the season (were good moments).”
With the win, Bemidji advances to host No. 5 Detroit Lakes at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Bemidji 11, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Cass Lake-Bena 0
BEM 5 6 -- 11
WHA 0 0 -- 0
First Half -- 1, BEM GOAL, Mock (Siems) 11’; 2, BEM GOAL, Mock (Mesegue) 15’; 3, BEM GOAL, Siems (Mesegue) 23’; 4, BEM GOAL, Sauer (S. Hess) 32’; 5, BEM GOAL, Schwindt (Sauer) 38’.
Second Half -- 6, BEM GOAL, Mitchell (Siems) 53’; 7, BEM GOAL, Helwig (Galdamez) 53’; 8, BEM GOAL, Siems (S. Hess) 57’; 9, BEM GOAL, Helwig (Kivi) 60’; 10, BEM GOAL, Thorsgard (Sauer) 68’; 11, BEM GOAL, Mock (Schwindt) 80’.