Beavers host St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Beavers host St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team will finally make an appearance at the BSU Soccer Complex Oct. 1-2, hosting St. Cloud State University and Concordia University, St. Paul for the team’s 2011 home opening weekend.  Both Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) games are set for 1 p.m. kickoffs.

BSU hosts St. Cloud State Saturday after opening the season playing is first eight games on the road.  The team wrapped up the program’s longest road swing with a 3-4-1 overall mark and 2-1-1 record in NSIC play.  Dating back to 2000, the Beavers are 5-6-0 in home-openers.

St. Cloud State (4-4-0, 2-2-0 NSIC) went three for three, gaining each win by way of a shut out last week earning sophomore goalie Kenzie Hanzlik NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  She had 13 saves in the three match ups.  The Huskies defeated two fellow NSIC opponents in University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as nonconference foe University of Sioux Falls.  Sophomore Kara Dahmen had a big week offensively for the Huskies scoring three goals, two in the match against Sioux Falls and the game-winner versus MSU Moorhead.

Concordia- St. Paul (4-4-0, 3-1-0 NSIC) junior Amanda Olsen continues to shine scoring two goals in the team’s 3-0 win over MSU Moorhead Sept. 25.  She has nine goals in eight games and is one goal shy of tying the regular-season goal mark for CSP.  In 2010, Olsen was an NJCC All-American scoring 28 goals and 16 assists.  She currently leads the NSIC in goals scored and teammate Arielle Stimson leads the conference in assists with four.    

The Beavers concluded the longest road swing in program history with a 3-4-1 record overall and 2-1-1 in conference play.  Kirsten Erickson (F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) has been explosive to start the season as she leads the team in points (11), goals (5), game-winners (3), shots (25), and shots on goal (18).  She is the NSIC leader in game-winning goals.

For the second consecutive match and the third time in their last four games the Beavers found themselves unable to close out opponent Upper Iowa University in regulation and headed to extra time on Sept. 24.  Senior forward Erickson stepped up to score the game-winner in the ninth minute of over time off a Kari McAllen (Sr., M, Fargo, N.D.) corner kick.  Sonja Barr (Fr., GK, Duluth, Minn.) collected her first collegiate shutout.  

Winona State University handed the Beavers its first NSIC loss of 2011 Sept. 25 at Maxwell Field in Winona, Minn. by a score of 1-0.  The Warriors scored in the ninth minute of play off a corner kick to beat keeper Barr and would not relinquish the equalizer.  WSU goalkeeper Anna Belpedio made four saves and propelled the Warriors to a perfect 3-0-0 NSIC mark and 5-2-1 overall.  The Beavers’ keepers entered the match riding a 345:16 scoreless streak dating back to the second half of the team’s Sept. 11 match at Minot State University.

Offensively Erickson led the team with three shots on goal, two landing on target.  Bri Scanlan (Sr., F, East Grand Forks, Minn.) contributed two shots on goal as well.  BSU out shot WSU 7-6.  Barr had four saves in the match.  

Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 91-75-18 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.