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Tom Mix, Published August 28 2012

Second-half surge: Spuds score four goals in the second half to beat Fergus Falls

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead girls soccer team had a bad weekend, losing matches to Elk River and St. Paul Tartan.

To make matters worse, the loss to the Elks was in overtime and the Spuds had scored the first goal in both matches.

After taking Sunday off, the Spuds got back on track with a 6-0 win over Fergus Falls on Monday at Horizon Middle School.

Moorhead’s Marissa Wong scored the first goal of the match at 16 minutes, 9 seconds by bending a kick from deep in the corner, which got past Fergus Falls goalkeeper Rachel Heidorn.

“We really needed to get a win today,” Moorhead head coach Nicole Wiesner said. “The last two games we played were 2-1 losses and the team mentality was in the dumps after two one-goal losses.

“I knew the team would be out for a huge win.”

Sophomore midfielder Hannah Riveland scored the Spuds’ second goal, staking Moorhead to a 2-0 halftime lead.

Much like the first half, Moorhead dominated the last 45 minutes of the match.

The Spuds scored four goals on 12 shots in the second half and kept the ball in the Otters’ zone much of the half.

“They did a really good job of passing through midfield and getting some good crosses in the box,” Fergus Falls head coach Karoline Gustafson said. “Our midfielders were not quite ready for the speed of play. … This was our first high-paced game and had a hard time adjusting.”

Heidorn finished with 17 saves for the Otters (1-1).

Moorhead’s offense really got rolling when senior forward Bijanca Clark scored two goals in the span of 53 seconds.

“It was fun,” Clark said of the back-to-back goals. “It was a lot of my team. I wasn’t the only one doing it. My teammates were passing it and I was in the right place at the right time.”

Riveland and senior forward Missy Setter closed out the scoring for the Spuds (1-2).

“I was expecting a high-scoring game,” Wiesner said. “I’m hoping we can take this game’s momentum and bring it into our game Thursday against section rival Buffalo.”

Two of Moorhead’s next four matches are against Class 2A, Section 8 teams.

“Coming off two losses we were definitely trying to get our confidence up,” Clark said. “We are trying to start off on a good foot, so we can really get going against teams in our section.”

FIRST HALF: 1, M, Wong, 16:09. 2, M, Riveland, (J. Borgen), 30:31.

SECOND HALF: 3, M, Clark, 78:21. 4, M, Clark, 79:14. 5, M, Riveland, 83:23. 6, M, Setter, (Wong), 84:13.

SAVES: M, Nord 6. FF, Heidorn 17.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562