Soccer road swing continues with a pair of non-conference matches
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Soccer road swing continues with a pair of non-conference matches
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team is back on the road this weekend as it plays its final two tune-ups for the 2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) slate. BSU heads to Duluth, Minn. Friday to take on Colorado School of Mines and 1 p.m. before traveling west to Minot, N.D. to face future league rival Minot State University at 1 p.m. Sunday.  

The Beavers have not faced the Ore Diggers under Head Coach Jim Stone’s reign at BSU and will meet on the neutral turf of Griggs Field on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.  

The Ore Diggers had a successful opening weekend with a 3-2, overtime win against Eastern New Mexico University on Friday and a 3-0 victory over Upper Iowa University on Saturday.  Junior Megan Woodworth tallied a goal and an assist to lead CSM to the victory in overtime.  Last season, she was eighth on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) scoring list and tallied 10 assists establishing a new single-season record at CSM.  

Minot State also opened its season with two wins.  The Beavers dominated the weekend defeating Colorado Mesa University 2-1 and the Academy of Art University (Calif.) 2-0.  MSU enters the weekend ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region NCAA Division II Poll in their first season as a Division II independent.  MSU is set to join the NSIC for the 2012-2013 season.  

BSU continues a long road trip playing the second and third games of a program longest eight game away series topping the 2003 team which played seven consecutive road matches.  The Beavers will log nearly 1,000 miles over the course of the weekend to face a pair or relatively unfamiliar opponents. BSU has never faced CSM, while BSU has just one official game on record versus Minot State all-time. Senior Kari McAllen (M, Fargo, N.D.) accounted for the only of the game Oct. 23 of last season, while Sam Ross and Abby Kjonaas (Sr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) combined for seven saves to split the 1-0, shutout victory.

Last Friday the Beavers fell in their season opener 3-2 to Michigan Tech for their first win of the season.  In the game senior forwards Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Bethany Fluto (Sr., F, Bemidji, Minn.) netted second half goals but the team could not rally from the three-goal first half by the Huskies.  Two Freshman garnered their first collegiate assists Annie Glissendorf (Fr., F/M, Sioux Falls, S.D.) on Erickson’s goal and Mary O’Brien (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.) on Fluto’s in the 87th minute.  Kjonaas had nine saves in goal but the Beavers struggled to generate offensive opportunities.

In a hard fought match on Saturday Northern Michigan gained a 1-0 win over the Beavers.  BSU put together eight shots and got six on goal but was unable to sneak by the NMU goalkeeper Jessica Baker who collected her first shutout of the season and moved the Wildcats to 2-0-1.  Kjonaas started in net and made four saves and in her collegiate debut Sonja Barr (Fr., GK, Duluth, Minn.) made two saves and held the Wildcats scoreless in the second half.

The Beavers are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history.  The 2010 squad set a program record for wins in a season with an overall record of 14-4-1, while finishing third in the NSIC with a mark of 9-3-1 in league play.  A major key to their success a year ago was a 6-2-1 record on the road.

Stone begins his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 88-73-17 (.542) and is riding a streak of six season with at least a .500 winning percentage.

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