Bemidji State Sets School Record with Fifth Win in 2003
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
BEMIDJI, MINN. -- Behind the game-winner from freshman Katie Meinhardt in the 84th minute, the Bemidji State soccer program notched its fifth win on the season, a school record, with a 2-1 NSIC win over Minnesota-Crookston today at the BSU Soccer Complex. The Beavers totaled four victories in each of their last three seasons.

“ It was an exciting game and we were resilient in getting that second goal,” said head coach Jim Stone. “Now, we are trying to focus on our last two conference games and play as best we can.

“Our goal is to make the conference tournament. I think we can do that by winning one of those two games.”

Meinhardt’s fourth career goal, which is tops on the team this season, was a rebound from a kick sent in by sophomore Lindsay Natwick. UM-C goaltender Kathryn Leonard halted the initial attempt but slapped the ball to her right and Meinhardt was there to clean it up. Natwick’s assist was her second of the day and fourth in 2003; she is now tied for the team lead in assists and stands first with 10 points.

The late heroics were needed by Meinhardt as the Golden Eagles found the back of the net in the 55th minute. Christie Chappell was credited with her team-leading sixth tally on the season. Kimberly Adams posted an assist on the play.

BSU lighted the scoreboard first as sophomore Erin Foss took a corner kick by Natwick to record her first goal of the season. That tally took place in the 17th minute.

In goal, freshman Kari Torgerson stopped 12 UM-Crookston shots for her fifth season win. Meanwhile, Leonard totaled eight saves.

Bemidji State improves to 5-11-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the NSIC while Minnesota-Crookston drops to 6-9-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the league.

BSU wraps up the season on the road as it invades SW Minnesota State, Oct. 31 and Wayne State (Neb.), Nov. 1. Both matches are slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.