The freshmen got the scoring started early for the Beavers when Alysha Domiano (Fr., Dayton, Minn.) knocked in her second career goal off a corner kick by Kara Smyth (Fr., Cary, Ill.). The goal came in the 7th minute.
Erica Baedke notched an equalizer a little more than two minutes later off an assist by Ashley Lengel and the score was tied at 1-1.
Jamie Ford (So., Edina, Minn.) continued her stellar play as of late, scoring her fifth goal of the season at the 16:41 mark of the first half, giving Bemidji State a 2-1 advantage early in the game. All five of her goals have come in the last 11 games. Sunday’s goal came after she attempted a shot that initially hit the upper post, was rebounded by Megan Wallner (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.), and was passed back to Ford so she could finish what she started. The Peacock goalkeeper dove to stop the first shot, and was unable to recover in time to stop Wallner’s assist to Ford.
After all that scoring, the teams took a break for the rest of the half and were unable to do any more damage to the scoreboard.
That changed in the 53rd minute when Christina Hicks (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) scored her second goal of the season, which proved to be the eventual game winner. Smyth started the initial play at midfield. She passed the ball over the heads of the Upper Iowa defenders along the left sideline to Danielle Uphoff (So., Brainerd, Minn.). Uphoff sent the ball into box, where Hicks was waiting after one bounce to head it into the net.
Amy Campbell scored the final goal of the game in the 61st minute off an assist by Baedke, and the Beavers (9-8-3, 5-3-1 NSIC) finished up the regular season with an impressive victory over one of the best teams in the conference.
Ford’s goal was the 10th of her career, moving her into solo possession of seventh place on the all-time BSU goal-scoring list. Hicks now has eight career goals, and Uphoff has five assists this year, which are second on the team. Smyth is leading that category with her six assists this season, which are third most in a single season in school history.
Samantha Ross (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) gave up two goals for the second-consecutive game, but did save seven shots in goal for Bemidji State. She came away with the win, and improved her season record to 3-2-2. Melissa Heitzman had five saves in net for UIU (12-7-1, 6-2-1 NSIC) and gave up three goals, taking the loss.
BSU is now 3-0 all-time against Upper Iowa, and coach Jim Stone secured his third-straight winning conference season. The five wins in NSIC play are the third-most in Beaver history, and the nine total wins are the fourth-most in school history.
Now that the regular season is over, it’s time for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. Bemidji State will enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and will travel to Bismarck, N.D. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 to take on the defending tournament champions, the No. 4-seeded University of Mary (6-3-0). The Marauders enter the postseason on a high note after defeating previously unbeaten Northern State University (7-1-1) 1-0 last Saturday. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams, and the game time will be announced later.
NOTES: BSU is 2-2 in NSIC play against the top four teams in the conference this season, having defeated U-Mary and UIU, but losing to Winona State and Northern State...UIU outshot the Beavers 18-15...Upper Iowa had 10 fouls, BSU had 5...The Peacocks had more corner kicks, 7-4...No yellow cards were issued...UIU was called offsides three times, Bemidji State was whistled twice.
FINAL 2007 NSIC STANDINGS
1. Winona State* 8-1-0
2. Northern State* 7-1-1
3. Upper Iowa* 6-2-0
4. U-Mary* 6-3-0
5. Bemidji State* 5-3-1
6. Minnesota State-Moorhead* 3-5-1
7. Concordia-St. Paul* 3-6-0
Southwest Minnesota State* 2-5-2
9. Minnesota Crookston 2-7-0
10.Wayne State (NE) 0-9-0
* indicates qualified for NSIC Tournament