Bemidji State to battle Minnesota Duluth Friday; Minot State Sunday
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bemidji State to battle Minnesota Duluth Friday; Minot State Sunday
The Bemidji State University soccer team takes on Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opponent University of Minnesota Duluth and nonconference foe Minot State University at the BSU Soccer Complex Friday Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. for the second week of a three-week homestand.  

Minnesota Duluth (7-5-1, 7-3-0 NSIC) currently holds down the No. 3 spot in the conference standings (21 pts), but BSU looks to gain some ground on the Bulldogs since the Beavers (6-6-2, 5-3-2 NSIC) sit just behind in fourth (17 pts).  

UMD came out strong scoring five goals in the second half of its game versus Augustana College Sunday.  The Bulldogs overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit and won 5-3, handing the Vikings their seventh loss of the season.  All five goals came from different players which has been the story for the UMD squad this season-- nine players have scored goals and twelve players have one or more assists.  

Like the Beavers, the Bulldogs have had their share of overtime matches in 2011 posting a 2-2-1 record in extra time.  UMD’s last OT victory came on Saturday, 1-0, over Wayne State with the game-winner coming on a rebound shot three minutes into the third period.  Reminiscent of BSU’s 1 to 0 OT win over Wayne State on Mary O’Brien’s (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.) goal two minutes into extra time on Sunday.   

Minot State (6-6-0) is playing independently in NCAA Division II this season but will join the NSIC conference in 2012.  Even though Minot is not yet a part of the NSIC, the team has faced several future conference rivals including the University of Sioux Falls another team set to join the NSIC in 2012.  The Beavers’ Jamie Council, a sophomore forward, racked up a hat trick in the team’s match versus Sioux Falls Sunday.  She has seven goals on the season.

Despite Sonja Barr’s (Fr., Duluth, Minn.) career high 10 saves, and the rest of the team’s best efforts, Augustana College came away with the 1-0 victory in Saturday’s NSIC matchup.  The Vikings had the edge in total shots, 22-11, shots on goal, 11-5, and corner kicks, 3-2.  Bronwyn Boyd (So., M, Bemidji, Minn.) and Kirsten Erickson (Sr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) both had good opportunities on net but were unable to capitalize.

Augie came into the game leading the NSIC in fouls committed but BSU was not intimidated and played physical garnering 11 whistles to the Vikings’ five.

Sunday the wind played a factor with winds gusting up to 24 mph as the Beavers played host to Wayne State.  The only score of the game came 89 seconds into extra time off the foot of O’Brien.  Kathryn Bjorge (Sr., D, Prior Lake, Minn.) got the scoring play started with a high pass in from 30 yards out.  The ball floated to Erickson in the box who got a shot off from 10 yards and O’Brien was on the back side to tap it past the outstretched WSC goaltender.

This was the fourth OT win for the Beavers, they are 4-0-2 in extra time in 2011.

Goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) posted her fifth shutout of the season, making four saves in the match.  She is now 5-4-2 on the season.

Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 94-77-19 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.