Isaac Stone’s hat-trick in the opening 13 minutes kicked off a seven-goal avalanche in the first half that took Bemidji boys soccer to an 8-1 win at Crookston in Lakes To Prairie Conference play Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore striker Stone wasted little time getting Bemidji on the board in just the fourth minute. Jonathan Devescovi’s pass from the wing helped set up Stone to fashion an opening inside the Pirates’ penalty area before slotting a finish to the corner.
Bo Hofstad, fresh off scoring Bemidji’s opening goal of the season in Friday’s 3-1 loss at Sartell, turned provider for Stone’s next two tallies. He supplied the striker in another dangerous spot inside the box, leading to another tidy finish in just the seventh minute.
Stone completed his hat-trick just six minutes later, lobbing an expertly taken finish over Crookston goalkeeper Blake Melsa on a bouncing through ball.
The Lumberjacks, incredibly, added another goal a mere ten seconds after Stone’s third. Pressure right off the kickoff from senior Jacob Stanoch led to a turnover from Crookston’s defense, allowing the forward to race in one-on-one with Melsa and power a strike into the net.
Stanoch struck again with a crisp left-footed finish from Taveon Welle’s assist in the 22nd minute to make it 5-0.
A first-time scorer added to the lead in the 27th minute when sophomore Conor Stodgell scored his first varsity goal on a clever free kick feed from Reed Johnson.
Johnson scored a goal of his own in the 34th minute with help from Brady Riley to round off the dominant 7-0 halftime scoreline.
Connor Helm was rarely tested in Bemidji’s net during the first half hour, but large-scale personnel changes in front of him opened up a few windows for Crookston’s attack that called him into action in the late stages of the first half.
The Pirates got on the board in the 46th minute thanks to a terrific long-range strike from Jack Everett after a partially-cleared corner came to the edge of the area. But the Jacks restored the seven-goal lead with 13 minutes to play when Lincoln Schmitt converted his first varsity goal on a feed from Gabe Morin.
Bemidji finished with a dominant 16-4 advantage in shots on goal, with Helm credited for three saves.
The Lumberjacks (1-1) will next visit Buffalo for a Section 8AAA matchup on Thursday evening at 6:30pm.