Bemidji Girls Soccer Seeking Elusive State Win Against Mahtomedi

Bemidji Girls Soccer Seeking Elusive State Win Against Mahtomedi
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MINNESOTA STATE.>>AS THE BEMIDJI GIRLS SOCCER TEAM EMBARKS ON THEIR THIRD CONSECUTIVE STATE TOURNAMENT AND THEIR FOURTH IN PROGRAM HISTORY, THEY HAVE A FEW THINGS ON THEIR MIND, GETTING THEIR FIRST STATE TOURNAMENT GOAL, THEIR FIRST STATE TOURNAMENT WIN, AND THEY’D HAVE TO DO IT FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR AGAINST TOP-SEEDED MAHTOMEDI. JUST GETTING TO THIS POINT CAN BE CONSIDERED QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. AFTER PLAYING SUB-PAR IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR, A VICTORY OVER DULUTH EAST IGNITED THE TEAM AND THEY CARRIED THAT MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT THE SECTION PLAY-OFFS.>>A LOT OF THESE GIRLS ARE RETURNERS, SO THEY KNOW WE HAVE STRONG PLAYERS. WE KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF DEPTH, A LOT OF TALENT. WE JUST HAD TO GET THE PIECES IN THE RIGHT ORDER ON THE BOARD TO PLAY.>>WITH MORE ATTENTION FOCUSED ON CREATING SCORING CHANCES, THE DEFENSE WAS LEFT TO CONTINUE THEIR STRONG PLAY ON THEIR OWN AND THEY ROSE TO THE OCCASION >>RARELY EVER DOES THE BALL EVEN GET PAST THEM. THEY STOP EVERYTHING, AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHERE TO BE, WHERE TO DROP BACK. THEY ARE VERY TACTICAL AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING.>>FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, THE JACKS DREW TOP SEEDED MAHTOMEDI WHO BEAT BEMIDJI 6-NOTHING LAST YEAR. THE TEAM FEELS THEY HAVE LEARNED FROM THEIR PAST LOSSES AND HAVE A NEW MINDSET AS THEY LOOK TO TOP THE ZEPHYRS.>>WE HAD A GOOD ATTITUDE ABOUT IT THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR I KNOW THERE WAS A FEW PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT WE WEREN’T GOING THE DO GOOD AND SIT BACK IN DEFENSE AND HOPE THEY WON’T SCORE TOO MANY. THIS YEAR WE HAVE THE PEOPLE WHO CAN SCORE. AND WE ARE READY TO TRY THE

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