Bemidji Boys Soccer Has Unfinished Business

Bemidji Boys Soccer Has Unfinished Business


THEY WILL USE THAT AS FUEL THIS >>THE BEMIDJI BOYS SOCCER TEAM HAS BEEN ON AN UNPRECEDENTED RUN OVER THE PAST FEW SEASONS MAKING THE STATE TOURNAMENT EACH OF THE PAST THREE YEARS AND ADVANCING TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY LAST YEAR. WHILE LAST SEASON ENDED IN HEARTBREAK WITH THEIR DRAMATIC DOUBLE OVERTIME LOSS, IT’S FUELING BEMIDJI AS THEY LOOK TO RAISE THE BAR ONCE AGAIN. SPORTS DIRECTOR AJ FELDMAN HAS THE STORY.>>YOU ALWAYS WANT TO TOP THE YEAR BEFORE. WE HAVE THE TALENT TO DO WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR.>>I THINK EXPECTATIONS ARE PRETTY HIGH.>>AND THEY OUGHT TO BE HIGH WITH 11 SENIORS RETURNING FROM LAST YEAR’S STATE RUNNER UP TEAM, THEY ARE PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.>>A LOT OF TIMES WITH PRACTICE STARTING, IT TAKES A FEW PRACTICES TO REALLY CLICK AND EVERYONE GET COMFORTABLE, BUT I THINK THAT HAPPENED IN TRYOUTS. NOW IT FEELS LIKE WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON ALMOST.>>WHILE THE BIG PICTURE IS IN THE BACK OF THEIR MINDS, THEY AREN’T PENCILLING THEMSELVES INTO THE STATE TOURNAMENT JUST YET.>>FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, EVEN SENIORS GET A LOT BETTER. THEN THEY CAN FOCUS ON THAT.>>THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN THE SECTION THIS YEAR WILL BE ST. CLOUD TECH, CHAMPS LAST YEAR AND MOVED DOWN A CLASS IN THE LATEST SECTION REALIGNMENTS.>>WE ARE PUMPED TO PLAY THEM AND BEAT THEM. WE’RE NOT GOING TO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN US. WE ARE STILL THE TOP DOGS IN OUR SECTION EVEN THOUGH THEY MOVED DOWN.>>THE BIGGEST HOLE IS IN THE MID FIELD WHERE BEMIDJI USING THEIR DEPTH AND FLEXIBILITY TO REVAMP THEIR CENTER.>>IT IS MORE ABOUT KIND OF REASSESSING THE TALENT AND PUTTING THE PIECES IN WHERE WE CAN MOST EFFECTIVE. WE ARE PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT WE HAVE ON THE FIELD. IT’S JUST THEY MIGHT BE IN POSITIONS THEY WEREN’T IN LAST YEAR.>>DESPITE THEIR IMPRESSIVE RUN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE PRESEASON COACHES POLL DIDN’T FEATURE THE JACKS SHOWING THE STATE IS STILL SLEEPING ON BEMIDJI.>>I LIKE THAT, THOUGH. WE LIKE THAT AS A TEAM. WE LIKE COMING IN AS THE UNDERDOG A LITTLE BIT AND HAVING TO BATTLE, PLAYING WITH A CHIP ON OUR SHOULDERS. THAT WILL DRIVE US THIS YEAR.>>THE TEAM HAS SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH THE WAY LAST SEASON ENDED AND THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO EARNING — EARNING THEIR WAY BACK TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>WE’RE GOING TO FEEL LIKE WE LEFT SOMETHING ON THE TABLE OR DIDN’T MAKE IT FAR ENOUGH IF WE DON’T WIN THAT FINAL GAME, BUT IF WE LOOK TOO FAR AHEAD, WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT THERE. WE WILL TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME NOW.>>AJ FELDMAN, LAKELAND NEWS, REPORTING IN BEMIDJI.>>THE LUMBERJACKS BEGAN THEIR SEASON ON SATURDAY WITH A 5-NIL WIN OVER ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL.

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