BSU soccer wraps up longest road swing in program history this weekend
Thursday, September 22, 2011
BSU soccer wraps up longest road swing in program history this weekend
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team will play the final two games of the program’s longest season-road swing with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) match ups this weekend (Sept. 24-25).  

Saturday at 1 p.m., the team will take the Pattison Field pitch, in Fayette, Iowa to face Upper Iowa University with a trip to Winona State University’s home terrain--Maxwell Field--Sunday at 1 p.m. for the weekend finale.

The Beavers, now 2-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 in NSIC play, enter the weekend riding a three-match unbeaten streak and are tied for third place in the league standings.

Upper Iowa (2-3, 0-1 NSIC) looks to continue its success at home after a dominating home-opener against Jamestown College.  The Peacocks offense found the back of the net eight times while holding the Jimmies scoreless.  Junior Elizabeth Kaluzinski netted a hat trick in the match, redshirt freshman Corrine Wronski put in two of her own, while three other UIU players contributed to round out the scoring.  Upper Iowa had a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks and out shot its opponent 25-3.  Upper Iowa leads the NSIC in points, assists, and goals per game scoring 3.20 per contest.

Winona State (3-2-1, 1-0 NSIC) opened NSIC play with a 2-0 win over Upper Iowa Sept. 16.  The Warriors opened the game with a goal from senior Sarah Colleran in the third minute of play, while goalkeeper Anna Belpedio made five saves in the match to set a new career high and secure the victory. WSU sophomore Samantha Fegen and senior Melissa Sellier are tied for second in the NSIC in assists.

Bemidji State had a strong showing in its last two matches going 1-0-1 on the weekend.  Kirsten Erickson (F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) scored two goals in the shutout win versus University of Minnesota, Crookston (1-5-0, 0-1-0 NSIC) Saturday Sept. 17.  Erickson got the Beavers on the board in the second minute of play with Kathryn Bjorge (Sr., D, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Samantha Lumberg (So., D/M, Woodbury, Minn.) assisting.  Less than four minutes later Erickson was at it again scoring unassisted.  

Erickson leads the team in goals and has accounted for both of the Beavers’ game-winning goals, leading the NSIC in that category.  Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) had four saves, three of which came in the final 45 minutes, to secure the shutout.    

The Beavers’ match Sunday at Minnesota State University Moorhead (5-0-1, 1-0-1 NSIC) was one for the record books.  Kjonaas matched a career-high 12 saves en route to a 110-minute shutout.  The match was the second of the weekend in which Kjonaas held her opponents scoreless garnering her Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week accolades.  She has four career shutouts and has not allowed a goal for 246:16 straight minutes.  The senior leads the league in shutouts (2) and is the first BSU player to be selected for the award since goalkeeper Sam Ross Sept. 14 of last season.

Erickson continued her strong weekend with five shots on goal, two of which landed on target.  

Bemidji State has been involved in eight scoreless ties in the history of the program (1995), with the most recent coming Oct. 18, 2008 versus Northern State University.

Head Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 90-74-18 and is riding a streak of six seasons 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.