Ashley Barczewski dreamt it, and Taylor Bachman-Williams executed it.
Bachman-Williams, a sophomore wingback on the Minot State University women's soccer team, said Barczewski - a senior goalkeeper - dreamed Saturday night that Bachman-Williams would get her first goal of the season Sunday against the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Sure enough, Bachman-Williams slid a low shot just inside the left post in the 63rd minute to cap a nightmarish second half for Crookston. MSU scored four goals after halftime in its 5-0 win at Herb Parker Stadium.
Minot State University junior Jamie MacFarlane dribbles between two Minnesota, Crookston defenders during the Beavers’ 5-0 win Sunday at Herb Parker Stadium. MSU senior Tara McPartland is pictured in the background.
"We just were getting unlucky the first half because we played really well the first half, but finally we were more on target with our shots and everything," Bachman-Williams said. "That's what coach said to do - just get it on frame and it'll either go in or we'll get a rebound."
The Beavers (12-3-1 overall, 10-3 Northern Sun) controlled the game throughout. MSU tallied 28 shots, including 16 on goal, compared to just one shot from the Golden Eagles (2-13-1, 2-10-1). Crookston's lone attempt came in the 62nd minute.
"They were pretty thin late in the year, and we're pretty deep," MSU coach Jason Spain said. "As the game went on, they seemed to wear down."
MSU played 21 players and had mostly substitutes on the field for the final 35 minutes.
The Beavers cracked 12 shots in the first half, six on goal, but scored just once. In the 20th minute, senior midfielder Lexy Kidd pounced on a rebound and flicked it into the net.
In the second half, the scoreboard more accurately reflected MSU's dominance.
The Beavers racked up three goals in the first 10 minutes after the break, including two scores from senior midfielder Tara McPartland.
"My whole team was like, 'Tara, you're gonna get one. I'm feeling it, I'm feeling it!' " said McPartland, who recorded her first two goals of the season. "When it finally came, it was awesome."
Sophomore forward Zoe Fisher, the Beavers' leading goal scorer, had two assists.
"For the seniors, it's their second-to-last home game, so for them to bang in a few goals, that was pretty nice," Spain said. "That's good for (McPartland). She plays attacking mid, so it was good for her to get on the board."
Junior forward Jamie MacFarlane also scored for MSU.
The Beavers host Minnesota State University-Moorhead (4-11-1, 3-9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.