Bemidji State heads West Beavers to battle U-Mary and Northern State
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Bemidji State heads West Beavers to battle U-Mary and Northern State
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team goes back on the road this weekend taking on the University of Mary Saturday, at Bismarck Community Bowl, in Bismarck N.D. at 1 p.m. Sunday, the team travels to Aberdeen, S.D. to take on Northern State University at 1 p.m. on Jerde Field. 

The NSIC road trip marks the Beavers’ seventh and eighth consecutive games versus league competition.  The Beavers, now 4-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in NSIC play sit in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings.

BSU went 1-1 in its 2011 home-opening weekend, beating St. Cloud State University (4-5-0, 2-3-0 NSIC) by a score of 2-0 and falling to Concordia University, St. Paul (5-4-0, 4-1-0 NSIC) in a close match up, 2-1. 

All four of Bemidji State’s victories this season have been shutouts.

U-Mary (6-5-0, 3-3-0 NSIC) returns home to face the Beavers after a five-game road swing.  The Marauders have posted a perfect 3-0-0 mark at home in the 2011-2012 season, with a slightly lower 3-5-0 record on the road.  Sophomore midfielder Alex Bachman-Williams, who has four goals and five assists on the season, leads the Marauder offensive attack.  She scored two goals in the Marauders’ 3-1 win over Minnesota State University Moorhead Oct. 1.  

Northern State (4-7-0, 1-5-0 NSIC) is on a four-game losing skid after being shutout in three of its last four games.  University of Minnesota, Crookston and MSU Moorhead handed the Wolves two of those losses this past weekend by scores of 1-0 and 4-1, respectively.  NSU’s last win came on Sept. 18 over Wayne State College 2-0.  

Bri Scanlan (Sr., F, East Grand Forks, Minn.) came alive in the Beavers’ home-opening weekend scoring two goals and recording one assist.  Her first goal of 2011 turned out to be the game-winner versus SCSU, with her assist coming on Kirsten Erickson’s (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) first half goal.  On Sunday’s, Scanlan scored the lone goal for the Beavers 3:19 into the match.  The goal was the 11th of her career putting her in first all-time for goals among active players and in a three-way-tie for eighth all-time in goals scored.  With her next goal she will pass current assistant coach Megan Wallner.  

Goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) tallied nine saves in her third shutout of the season leading the Beavers to a 2-0 victory over St. Cloud State.  She garnered four more saves in a tight game against the Golden Bears.  Kjonaas came up big with a save in the 15th minute on NSIC leading scorer Amanda Olson’s opportunity; the keeper got a hand on the shot and deflected it wide.  Olson would get on the board to tie the game twenty minutes later putting an end to Kjonaas’ 370:56 minutes of shutout play dating back to Sept. 11.  She ended the game with four saves.

Kari McAllen (Sr., D/M, Fargo, N.D.), Jessie Voeller (So., F/M, White Bear Lake, Minn.), and Maria McLeod (So., M, White Bear Lake, Minn.) each had an assist in the weekend series. 

Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 92-76-18 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.