BEMIDJI, Minn. –The Bemidji State University soccer team opens the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) season Wednesday when it hosts the University of Minnesota Crookston for a 7 p.m. match at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Wednesday’s game has been denoted as ‘Youth Soccer Night” at BSU. All youth soccer players wearing their jersey will be admitted to the game free of charge and will be invited to join the Beavers on the field for an autograph session following the game. In addition the first 100 children 12-and-under will receive a free Bemidji State soccer 2013 schedule poster.
Last time out
Bemidji State opened the season with a 2-0 nonconference victory over Missouri Western State in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Abby Nyquist (So., D, Golden Valley, Minn.) led the Beavers with a goal and an assist from her blackline position, while freshman goalkeeper Amanda Garvin (Claremont, Calif.) turned aside seven Griffon shots to collect her first collegiate win and shutout.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
Minnesota Crookston (1-1) is led this season by Nikki Hammond, who has two points (1g-0a). The senior forward scored the team’s lone goal of 2013 in a 1-0 win at Northern Michigan Saturday. The Golden Eagles lost their season-opener, 2-0, at Michigan Tech Friday.
The Beavers own a 17-5-1 all-time record versus the Golden Eagles and are 14-1 overall and 6-0 at home when facing UMC under head coach Jim Stone, who is in his 12th year at BSU. Bemidji State enters the NSIC-opener riding a 14-game winning streak versus Minnesota Crookston--a string that reaches back to Oct. 6, 2002.
What to watch for
Bemidji State has never lost at Chet Anderson Stadium (1-0).
The Beavers have never allowed a goal at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Including the end of the 2012 schedule, BSU has allowed just two goals in its last 391 minutes of play, which extends back five games.
BSU is 6-2 in its last eight NSIC openers and has won each of its last three league lid lifters.
Sophomore defender Abby Nyquist has three points this season and shares the team’s lead for goals and assists. She had just one goal and three helpers for five points all of 2012.
The Beavers will travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a pair of nonconference matches Sept. 14-15. BSU will battle Michigan Tech Friday and will face Northern Michigan Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at noon.
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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).