Bemidji State slotted sixth in 2011 NSIC Coaches’ Poll
Monday, August 15, 2011
Bemidji State slotted sixth in 2011 NSIC Coaches’ Poll
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Monday.  The same release from the league office named senior midfielder Bri Scanlan (East Grand Forks, Minn.) and senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) as NSIC Players to Watch for the 2011 season.

Scanlan was an NSIC All-Academic selection a year ago.  She netted a career-high five goals, including three game-winners, in 19 games for the Beavers.  The senior came into her own down the stretch scoring three goals in the Beavers’ final five regular-season games.

Kjonaas has gained valuable experience in spot starts throughout her career and is poised to take the team on her back in 2011 as the starting goalkeeper. A year ago she played in five games, starting four, posted a 3-0-1 record and a team-best .897 save percentage.

Winona State University top the NSIC preseason poll for the second consecutive year, while the league’s coaches selected the defending champion Warriors’ Jennifer Deroo as NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Anna Belpedio NSIC Defensive Player of the Year in a sweep of the 2011 poll and individual awards.

WSU received 168 points and 12 first-place votes to headline the poll and the University of Minnesota Duluth held down the No. 2 spot with 146 points and one first-place vote, while Minnesota State University, Mankato was tabbed third with the final first-place vote and 141 points.

Bemidji State, which garnered 111 points in the poll, finished the 2010 season with a 14-4-1 overall record and finished third in the league standings with a 9-3-1 record in NSIC play.

The Beavers host a pair of exhibition games during the preseason before officially lifting the lid on the 2011 campaign Sept. 3 at Northern Michigan University.  Saturday, Aug. 20, BSU will scrimmage its alumni at 1:00 p.m. before hosting St. Thomas University (Minn.) Aug. 25 at 3:00 p.m.  to wrap up the home portion of its preseason schedule.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.