Section 8A Playoffs vs Hillcrest, 8-0
When Lexi Paquette saw Division III North Central University in Minneapolis had the education program she wanted, it was, quite literally, a sign.
“Definitely the academics,” Paquette said of what won her over. “That was obviously the main thing I was looking at. Since North Central had (American Sign Language) Interpreting, it helped lower down the choices.”
In October, Paquette became the Lumberjacks’ first-ever goal scorer in the state tournament. BHS, fresh off its third straight Section 8A title thanks to Paquette’s game-winning goal in the championship, made history with a strike that was much more than a consolation goal.
Paquette scored 11 goals in 2019, none more important than her final two as a Lumberjack, as Bemidji went 13-6-1. The forward finished her prep career with 19 goals and seven assists and will now move on to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference -- where a number of other BHS graduates will be waiting to take her on.
Bemidji High School senior Lindsey Hildenbrand made things official on Wednesday with her commitment to play Division III soccer at Concordia Moorhead next fall.
Hildenbrand, a forward for the Lumberjacks, scored a team-high 17 goals and assisted on nine more during her last hurrah in 2019. Her efforts helped BHS to its third consecutive state tournament, and Hildenbrand capped her career by being named to the Class A All-State First Team by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association, which recognizes the top 22 players in the state.
Hildenbrand’s 56 career goals and 24 assists both sit second in program history since at least 2005, as well.
After pioneering the Bemidji High School girls soccer team to unprecedented success, Katie Alto is hoping to do the same for her new team at the collegiate level.
Alto signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play soccer at Concordia-St. Paul, first-time regular season champions within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this year.
The 5-foot-4 midfielder, recruited as a midfielder and defender to the Golden Bears, scored four goals as a senior for the Lumberjacks. Alto contributed to the team’s third straight Section 8A championship on October, and she’s netted a number of critical goals during Bemidji’s section runs.