Senior forward Lily Paquette fired a hat-trick in the opening 15 minutes of the match before adding a second-half tally alongside Makayla Meza’s first-ever varsity goal as Bemidji girls soccer cruised to a 5-0 victory over Crookston on Tuesday at the Bemidji Middle School.
The Jacks needed just 54 seconds to start putting their heavy defeat at Rogers on Saturday behind them, as Paquette steadied herself to blast in a misplayed clearance by the Pirates’ defense just 54 seconds into the match.
It took time identifying the scorer of the second goal for Bemidji, but ultimately Paquette was credited with the 8th-minute tally on Kate Halden’s cross from the left flank that was deflected past Crookston goalkeeper Cassie Solheim.
The goal brought Paquette level with her season tally entering the day, and she wasted no time adding another one when she reached Imre Mistic’s long ball from the back to complete her hat-trick in the 15th minute.
From there, the game settled into a malaise of consistent Bemidji possession without clinical finishing as Crookston stayed content to sit deep and defend in numbers. The Jacks revived their pressure early in the second half on chances for Hannah Voge and Paquette, but they continued to find more goals difficult to come by.
The initiative to add to the scoreline again fell to Paquette in the 68th minute, as she beat Solheim following a driving run by Addy McCrady that presented the chance.
Meza rounded off the scoreline with a rare opportunity to play further forward in the midfield, which allowed her the chance to finish an opportunity inside the penalty area in the final minute of the match.
Neither Clara Bieber nor Hayden Seitz made a save in Bemidji’s net as the Jacks (5-4) outshot Crookston 20-0 for the afternoon.