Goals surrendered early and late in the first half left Bemidji girls soccer chasing for the rest of the evening in a 3-0 defeat to Cloquet/Carlton on Thursday evening at Chet Anderson Stadium.
The visiting Lumberjacks struck the opening goal in the 11th minute after relatively few looks for both teams early on. A cross swung into the box from the right was met by Alexa Snesrud, who reached the ball in front of Bemidji goalkeeper Morgan Myers to open the scoring.
Bemidji’s best look of the first half was a volley sent over the crossbar by Hannah Voge when a corner fell her way inside the penalty area.
Myers was called upon to make a sharp save on a Cloquet corner that had not been fully dealt with, as the senior held an effort that came her way in the box.
The 1-0 margin stayed in place throughout much of the half despite several threats from the visitors–including an effort tipped onto the bar off the hands of Myers–but Cloquet found a second goal in the dying embers of the first half. Sarah Turner latched on to a through ball before striking the crossbar over Myers, but she followed the miss with a tap-in finish to double the advantage at the break.
Bemidji grew into the game in stretches during the second half, but continued to fail to pose a constant threat to Cloquet’s goal. Lily Paquette came closest to getting the hosts on the board in the 56th minute as her curling first-time effort after pressing to win possession glanced off the crossbar as well.
Just a minute later, Cloquet had the ball in Bemidji’s net again to extend the lead to 3-0 thanks to a follow-up by Macie Majerlie after a parried save from Myers.
Myers finished the night with six saves, while Bemidji had just two total shots on goal at the other end of the field.
Bemidji (1-2-1) will next travel for a Section 8AAA matchup with Moorhead on Tuesday evening at 6pm.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Logan Larsen: