BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Christine Szurek (M, Fr., Andover, Minn.) scored in the 42nd minute to give the Bemidji State University soccer team a 1-0 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston in the teams' Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) opener Wednesday at Chet Anderson Stadium.
The victory pushed the Beavers to 2-0 on the season, while it is 1-0 in league play.
Bemidji State out shot 12-3 in the first half, with a 3-0 edge in shots on goal, controlling play for large potions of the opening 45 minutes. Szurek put the Beavers the lead at the 41:56 mark. She took a pass from Sam Lumberg (D, Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) and struck a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and floated over the Golden Eagle goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The goal was all the Beavers would need. Sonja Barr (GK, So., Duluth, Minn.) turned aside both UMC shots to post her first shutout of the season and extend BSU's shutout streak to 255 minutes--a stretch reaching back three games and into the first half of the final game of the 2012 campaign.
BSU finished the match with a 19-7 edge in shots on goal (7-2 SOG).
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).