Nine different goalscorers–including five who tallied for the first time at the varsity level–helped Bemidji breeze to an 11-0 win against Crookston in a meeting of Lakes to Prairie Conference boys soccer foes Saturday afternoon at the Bemidji Middle School.
Chances were frequent from the opening whistle and the Lumberjacks first profited in the 7th minute when Jonathan Devescovi’s splitting pass through the Crookston defense set up Reece Melville to open the scoring.
Devescovi followed just a minute later by scoring his first goal at the varsity level on a rocketed volley that came from a Reed Johnson cross.
Merely a minute beyond Bemidji’s second, Noah Johnson scored the third goal of the opening nine minutes with a curling effort from the edge of the penalty area from Brodie Price’s assist.
The Lumberjacks went quiet offensively for almost 20 minutes after, missing a host of chances while also being denied on several occasions by Caden Boike in the Pirates’ goal. Johnson ended the search for a fourth goal in the 28th minute with another crisp hit from outside the 18-yard box.
Another first-time scorer was eventually credited with Bemidji’s fifth goal. Bo Hofstad turned Reed Johnson’s sweeping corner kick toward goal and bounced it in off several Pirate defenders–a goal that initially appeared to be ruled an own-goal, but was officially given to Hofstad.
Melville scored his second in the 35th minute after being played through by Reed Johnson’s third assist of the first half.
Brodie Price completed the seven-goal first half for the Lumberjacks with two minutes until halftime by finishing off a skimmed header by Zane Hiller on another corner kick.
The second half scoring opened with a rocket from Jacob Stanoch on the edge of the penalty area in the 46th minute that gave the junior his own first varsity strike.
Bemidji won a penalty in the 60th minute after a push inside the 18-yard box on Zane Hiller. In a memorable gesture, the senior graciously relinquished the spot kick duties–and chance at a first varsity goal–to his twin brother Casey, who fired a perfect finish into the top corner to accomplish the same achievement and stretch the lead to 9-0.
Will Greendahl joined the ranks of those scoring their first goal by finishing off a cutback pass from Zane Hiller at close range in the 64th minute.
There was one more goal to come on the final kick of the game, with Hofstad’s corner kick finding Max Harris for a tap-in on the doorstep of the goal line.
Freshman goalkeeper Connor Helm totaled just two saves on Bemidji’s defensive end, while the Lumberjacks piled up 29 shots on Boike.
Bemidji improves to 2-6 with the win and is now 2-0 in Lakes to Prairie Conference games. The Lumberjacks will face conference opposition again on Monday with a trip to Fergus Falls to face Hillcrest Lutheran at 4pm.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Rick Toward: