BOYS SOCCER: Lumberjacks cruise into the semis
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys soccer team continued to capitalize on chances in Saturday’s Section 8A quarterfinal game against Detroit Lakes, using six scorers to rack up seven goals against the Lakers at Chet Anderson Stadium.
“I think we made our passes really well and we finished the chances we created,” senior Aspen Galdamez said. “Obviously we had a lot of chances this game and we were able to put them in the back of the net. We worked really well together as a team, and that’s what’s important to us in the future.”
The first half was all Lumberjacks, starting in the eighth minute on an Ethan Mock corner kick. The junior crossed it into the 18-yard box for Ben Hess to head toward goal, and Logan Mitchell then headed it over two DL defenders and the keeper for an early 1-0 lead.
Before the intermission, the Jacks extended it to 5-0 with goals from Chase Fillipi, Silas Hess, Mitchell and Galdamez.
Mitchell’s second goal came on a crisp passing play from Hess to Ethan Mock to Mitchell through defenders for a 4-0 lead.
“We played very, very well the first half,” BHS head coach Rick Toward said. “The ball was moving well, lots of good quality looks. Some really good finishing from Logan Mitchell. That second goal he scored, the fourth goal of the game, that was just beautiful.”
In the 56th minute, Galdamez made a nice play to feed James Siems for the team’s sixth goal.
“The (Detroit Lakes) kid came and I just flicked it over his head,” Galdamez said. “I saw Jimmy call for it and I just tapped it through to him and he ran 15 yards and scored a goal.”
Nik Kivi scored the Lumberjacks’ final goal with less than two minutes left in the game, assisted by fellow sophomore Silas Bitter.
Toward said he was pleased to see players other than the leading scorers contribute on the scoreboard.
“It was definitely spread around today,” he said. “Definitely some names in the scorebook that you don’t normally see.”
Detroit Lakes finally scored its lone goal of the game in the final minute. Cole Metelak beat BHS keeper Joe Fletcher, assisted by Lucas Schwan.
Galdamez finished the game with a goal and an assist, while senior Spanish foreign exchange student Paau Mesegue finished the game with three assists.
“Paau (Mesegue) looked like the player we were hoping he’d be,” Toward said. “He finally looks like he figured out how to make his presence known in the middle of the field, because he’s definitely a playmaker. He’s made the comment more than once that the physicality is what he’s not used to (in the U.S), so either he was able to avoid that physicality today or he was playing through the physicality. He definitely was making a difference out there.”
The Lumberjacks advance to the Section 8A semifinals, where they will host St. Cloud Cathedral (15-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
The Crusaders are riding a 16-game winning streak into the contest, and Toward said he expects a different team than the one Bemidji beat 4-0 in late August.
“I think we might’ve seen them at their worst that time,” he said. “You know they’re flying high with confidence, they’re feeling good coming in. They handily won their game today, 4-0 against Alexandria, so I think they’re going to come up here with something to show and something to prove.
“We put them out of the playoffs last year in the section final, and it always seems we find each other in the semis or the finals of this section. I expect it to be nothing other than a great game.”
Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 1
BEM 5 2 -- 7
DL 0 1 -- 1
First Half -- 1, BEM GOAL, Mitchell (B. Hess) 8’; 2, BEM GOAL, Fillipi (Mesegue) 14’; 3, BEM GOAL, S. Hess (Mesegue) 22’; 4, BEM GOAL, Mitchell (E. Mock) 28’; 5, BEM GOAL, Galdamez (Mesegue) 36’.
Second Half -- 6, BEM GOAL, Siems (Galdamez) 56’; 7, BEM GOAL, Kivi (S. Bitter) 78’; 8, DL GOAL, Metelak (Schwan) 80’.