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Ryan S. Clark, Published September 21 2010

Girls soccer: A warm welcome, With high-scoring Haasbeek back, hot Spuds top Alex

Like any good striker, once the cross came into the box Janessa Haasbeek was waiting for her chance.

The chance for the Moorhead forward never came though. That’s because the cross from Ashley Heinze sailed into the net instead.

It’s just the latest example of how well things are going for the Moorhead girls soccer team.

Moorhead used two goals from Heinze in a 3-1 win Monday over Alexandria.

Heinze’s two-goal effort reflects how Moorhead has been able to score goals with and without Haasbeek.

“It is good to have her back knowing that she was our leading scorer,” Heinze said.

Haasbeek, who transferred from Canada last year, burst onto the scene scoring 11 goals.

It was good enough to lead the team. But her goals alone were not enough for Moorhead, which finished 6-9-1 with a 0-3-1 record in section play.

This year, however, has been different. Haasbeek missed most of the season with patella tendonitis.

Her absence prompted Moorhead to find scorers, and that’s exactly what’s happened.

The Spuds are 6-2, matching last season’s win total with half the season left to play.

Moorhead is also 1-1 in section play.

Haasbeek played a major role in one of Moorhead’s recent games, scoring a hat trick in a 7-2 beating of St. Cloud Apollo.

“It’s nice to know that I can contribute,” Haasbeek said. “I’m not back to where I was but at least getting close to where I was.”

The game against Alexandria (0-5-1) allowed Haasbeek to ease back into things.

She made runs all over the pitch. There were times she got the ball and managed to get a shot.

Some shots were stopped by the keeper. Some were blocked by a defender.

Either way, it was not a problem thanks to Heinze and Bijanca Clark.

Heinze’s first goal was a tap in at the far end of the goal off a corner kick.

Clark’s goal, which came in the second half, was a rocket from 25 yards out.

Her powerful shot was one of 25 attempts Moorhead had on net. Alexandria only had two.

The final goal was all Heinze. She fed crosses in all game but had a feeling her delivery was good enough for a goal.

“I wanted it,” Heinze said with a big laugh. “I felt the power on that one and it went in.”

FIRST HALF: 1. M, Heinze (Hoium), 4:01. 2. A, Eigen (Warnes) 39:01

SECOND HALF: 3. M, Clark (Christensen), 44:37. 4. M, Heinze (Clark) 66:13

SAVES: M, Cavalier 1 save; A, Bennett 23


Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548