BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team lifts the lid on the 2013 season Friday as it welcomes Missouri Western State University to Chet Anderson Stadium for a 4 p.m. nonconference affair.
The match begins BSU’s 18-game regular-season schedule and is slated to be the first soccer game ever played at the venue, which has been the home to Bemidji State football since 1926. “The Chet” is in the final stages of a surface renovation project to install field turf and become new home to the BSU soccer team.
BSU (0-0-0; 0-0-0 NSIC), which was slotted sixth in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, is 7-4 in home-openers under 12th-year head coach Jim Stone. Since arriving at BSU in 2002, Stone has led the Beavers to a 106-88-22 overall record, including a 10-7-2 mark a year ago, and a 45-36-9 record in nonconference play. The Beavers enter Friday’s match up with Missouri Western riding an 11-game unbeaten streak in home games played versus teams hailing from outside the NSIC stretching back to a 3-2 overtime loss Sept. 23, 2007.
The Griffons of Missouri Western State (0-0-0, 0-0-0 MIAA), who also open 2013 play Friday, were picked to finish ninth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) following a 10th-place finish in league standings to cap 2012. Under second-year head coach Chad Edwards; WMSU posted a 6-9-1 overall mark and a 4-7-1 record in league play.
BSU and Missouri Western have never met on the soccer pitch.
The Beavers open their NSIC campaign Sept. 11 when they host University of Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium. The match is set for a 7 p.m. opening kick.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).