Bemidji State begins six-game homestand to close regular-season
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Bemidji State begins six-game homestand to close regular-season
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team returns to the BSU Soccer Complex to begin a six-game homestand to finish the regular season.  This weekend, the Beavers welcome a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foes: Augustana College takes the field at 1 p.m. Saturday and Wayne State College challenge the Beavers at 1 p.m. Sunday.

BSU (5-5-2, 4-2-2 NSIC) has played well at home thus far this season going 1-1 in its 2011 home-opening weekend, beating St. Cloud State University (4-7-1, 2-5-1 NSIC) by a score of 2-0 and falling to Concordia University, St. Paul (5-7-0, 4-4-0 NSIC), 2-1.  

Augustana (6-6-0, 3-4-0 NSIC) has been ranked as high as No. 7 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region Rankings this season but dropped out of the rankings after losing three of its last four games.  The Vikings’ offense is fourth in the NSIC in shots, but have relied heavily on junior goalkeeper Amanda Wagner since five of their six wins have come by one goal.  Wagner has played all but one half for Augie and has three shutouts on the season.  

Augustana is a physical team and leads the NSIC in fouls committed with almost ten per game.  

Wayne State (3-7-2, 0-6-1 NSIC) travels to Bemidji, Minn. seeking its first NSIC victory.  The Wildcats have been in a skid dropping three straight contests with their last win coming on Sept. 22 against nonconference opponent, Simpson College.  A perfect 3-0-0 record at home won’t outweigh the tough time WSC has had on the road sporting a 0-5-0 record.  Goalkeepers Jessica Stringer (3-3-2) and Ryan Wells (0-4-0) have shared the net.  

Offensively, the Wildcats have scored nine goals as a team with two coming on penalty kicks.

Bemidji State played two tough matches last weekend and came out without a loss playing University of Mary to a 2-2 draw and taking 1-0 win in overtime at the expense of the Northern State University.  Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) had two goals and one assist on the weekend.  She scored in the U-Mary match and had a hand in Jessie Voeller’s (So., F/M, White Bear Lake, Minn.) first goal of the season.  Erickson’s goal at NSU was her eighth goal of the season and fifth game-winner putting her in fourth and second in the conference in the respective categories.     

Bemidji state now sits fourth in NSIC standings.  

Goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) continues to be key for the Beavers. The senior had nine saves last weekend and grabbed her fourth shutout, moving her season record to 4-4-1. Kjonaas is third in save percentage (.849) and sixth in saves with 62.  

Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 93-76-19 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.