Beavers take early lead, game ends in 1-1 tie
Sunday, August 26, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University soccer team took an early lead Sunday afternoon, but Augustana College was able to tie the game and force a draw between the two schools in the final game of the Holiday Inn Express Fall Tournament at the BSU soccer field.

The game was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams and each school had its opportunities to score goals, but neither was able to convert on its chances. The game went into double overtime, but the two teams were unable to break the deadlock, so the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Bemidji State (0-1-1) got on the board first when Kara Smyth (Fr., Cary, Ill.) knocked in the first goal of the season for the Beavers in the 38th minute of the opening half. She was able to get the ball past the Augustana goalie after two nifty passes from Danielle Uphoff (So., Brainerd, Minn.) and Emily Prall (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) set up the scoring opportunity.

After playing aggressive the entire first half, BSU let up just enough in the second half to allow MacKenzie Beukelman to score a goal in the 68th minute with a header to the right half of the goal.

The Beavers used both Jessica Meath (Jr., Bethel, Minn.) and Samantha Ross (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) in the net, with Ross allowing the lone Augustana goal. The two goalies combined for nine saves in the contest, including a couple of nice saves by both players.

Lisa Jarovski played the entire game in net for the Vikings, and saved six shots while giving up the goal to Smyth.

The draw with Augustana (1-0-1) gave the Beavers enough points in the tournament to finish in third place, just ahead of Minnesota-Crookston and behind champion Northern Michigan and the runner-up Vikings.

“I thought it was a great opening weekend of competition for our team,” BSU coach Jim Stone said. “It exposed some of our weaknesses and also showed areas that if we work we’ll be strong.

“Our first game was disappointing (a 4-0 loss to Northern Michigan Friday), but we learned a lesson about effort and we had a great effort against Augustana. The hope is we can carry that effort the rest of the season.”

Smyth, Jessica Ploeger (Sr., Ramsey, Minn.) and Megan Wallner (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) were each selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Next up for the Beavers is a home contest with the University of North Dakota at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

1. Northern Michigan (2-0-0)
2. Augustana (1-0-1)
3. Bemidji State (0-1-1)
4. Minnesota-Crookston (0-2-0)

Renee LeBlanc
Emily Lockery
Kara Music
Meghan Sarna

Kayla Peek
Katie Shandri
Ciara Godfrey
Jill Goodrich

Jessica Ploeger
Kara Smyth
Megan Wallner

Kiely Bladow
Samantha Welch