Bemidji State plays defending conference tournament champions in opening round
Monday, October 29, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn.
- The Bemidji State University soccer team will play at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Bismarck, N.D. against the University of Mary in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.

This is the sixth time in the 12-year history that the Beavers (9-8-3, 5-3-1 NSIC) will be making a trip to the postseason, and the fourth-straight year. Bemidji State went to the NSIC Tournament in 1998-99 when every team went to the tournament, and they were defeated in the opening round both years. Now eight of the 10 teams make the tournament.

Coach Jim Stone has turned the program around since taking over in 2002, making trips to the postseason in four out of his six seasons with BSU. This will be the fourth-straight appearance for Stone-coached squads in the tournament.

The first appearance was in 2004, when the Beavers were defeated in the semi-finals. In 2005, Bemidji State was again defeated in the semi-finals, and last year the Beavers lost in the first round to Wayne State (Neb.).

Bemidji State has placed fourth in the tournament twice (2004-05), and didn’t make it out of the first round the other three times.

Since 2004, the Beavers are 2-0-1 in first round tournament games and 2-3-2 overall in the postseason. The two tie games went to shootouts, and BSU lost both of them, but they were still recorded as ties. Bemidji State is entering this tournament as the No. 5 seed, which was the same seed the Marauders were last year when they won the tournament championship. BSU was the three seed in both 2005 and 2006, and went into the tournament as the six seed in 2004.

BSU is 2-8-0 all-time against U-Mary, which includes a season split with the Marauders this year. The two teams have never met in the postseason. UM has won seven of its last eight games, with the lone loss in the current streak coming Oct. 20 to BSU. The Beavers defeated the Marauders 2-1 in overtime, and U-Mary beat BSU 3-0 back on Sept. 22 in Bemidji. Bemidji State is 4-3-3 on the road this season, which includes the victory over U-Mary. The Marauders are 7-1-0 at home this year, with the lone loss coming against BSU.

U-Mary (13-6-0, 6-3-0 NSIC) is coming off a 1-0 victory last Saturday over Northern State University. The Wolves came into the season finale with an unblemished conference record, and a victory over the Marauders would have secured the regular season title. U-Mary beat Northern State, and Winona State jumped NSU in the standings, taking the title away from the Wolves.

Bemidji State has gone 2-2 in its last four games, which came against the top four teams in the conference. BSU defeated U-Mary and Upper Iowa, but lost to Northern State and Winona State.

This season, the Beavers are 8-1-2 in games where they score first and 1-7-1 when their opponent scores first.

HOW THE BEAVERS AND MARAUDERS MATCH UP

LEADING SCORERS - BSU
Ashlee Ellefsen - 7 goals, 2 assists, 16 points
Jamie Ford - 5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points
Danielle Uphoff - 3 goals, 5 assists, 11 points
Kara Smyth - 2 goals, 6 assists, 10 points

GOALIES - BSU
Samantha Ross - 3-2-2, 1.22 GAA, .776 save percentage

TEAM STATS - BSU
Goals scored 29 - Goals against 29
Goals scored average 1.39 - GAA 1.39
Corner kicks 65 - CK allowed 74
Shots 306 - Shots allowed 296
Shots/game 15.2 - S/g allowed 14.8

LEADING SCORERS - U-MARY
Megan Wilson - 12 goals, 3 assists, 27 points
Danielle Mello - 6 goals, 4 assists, 16 points
Jessica Janusz - 6 goals, 2 assists, 14 points
Joanna Drennen - 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points

GOALIES - U-MARY
Carly Feiler - 6-2-0, 0.61 GAA, .867 save percentage
Brannigan Coyle - 7-4-0, 0.88 GAA, .843 save percentage

TEAM STATS - U-MARY
Goals scored 35 - Goals against 15
Goals scored average 1.84 - GAA 0.79
Corner kicks 102 - CK allowed 40
Shots 334 - Shots allowed 211
Shots/game 17.6 - S/g allowed 11.1



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