BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team looks to extend its current two-game winning streak this weekend as it hits the road for a pair of nonconference road matches.
The Beavers will face Michigan Tech Saturday at noon before wrapping their loop through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a match at Northern Michigan at noon.
Last time out
Christine Szurek (M, Fr., Andover, Minn.) scored in the 42nd minute to give Bemidji State 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 Beavers out shot UMC 19-7 in the match with a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. Sonja Barr (GK, Jr., Duluth, Minn.) made two saves in the game and collected her first shutout of the season.
Scouting Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech is 2-1 to open 2013 collecting wins against Minnesota Crookston (2-0) and Northern Michigan (5-0). The balanced Huskies’ attack has been led by Lindsey Van rooy, who has two goals and an assist. Marybeth Spoehr has assembled a 2-0 record in 131:30 in goal, stopping all four of the shots she has faced.
Bemidji State and Michigan Tech have met just two times prior to Saturday’s match. The series is split down the middle with BSU getting the best of the Huskies, 3-2 (ot) in the last meeting between the teams, Sept. 2, 2012.
Scouting Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan seeks its first victory of 2013 this weekend. The Wildcats are 0-4 and have been shut out in their last three matches. Ashley Katers has the Wildcats’ only goal of 2013, while Carmen Villarruel has NMU’s lone assist. Caroline Glantz has started all four of NMU’s games in goal and has a 2.54 goals against average and a .600 save percentage in 283:44 minutes played. NMU and BSU already have one common opponent this season. NMU was defeated by Minnesota Crookston, 1-0, Sept. 7, just four days before BSU downed UMC 1-0.
The Beavers are 2-6 all-time versus Northern Michigan, with a 1-4 mark when playing in Marquette. BSU and NMU last met Sept. 1, 2012 at the BSU Soccer Complex and the Beavers pulled out a 1-0 victory.
What to watch for
Bemidji State was 3-5-2 on the road last season and is 6-5-0 in road openers in 12 season under head coach Jim Stone. BSU last opened its road season with a victory Sept. 3, 2010 at North Dakota (3-1).
Including the end of the 2012 schedule, BSU has allowed just two goals in its last 481 minutes of play, which extends back six games.
BSU last allowed a goal in the first period of its Oct. 31, 2012 contest at Upper Iowa—a streak spanning nearly three games and 335:48 minutes
BSU goalkeeping corps of Barr and Amanda Garvin (Fr. Claremont, Calif.) has combined for two shutouts this season and have not allowed a goal in 2013.
Sophomore defender Abby Nyquist (Golden Valley, Minn.) 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 BSU back line has produced a goal and two assists for four of the Beavers’ eight total points this season.
Freshman Christine Szurek (M, Andover, Minn.) has contributed to the scoring in each of BSU’s first two games of the season. She has a goal and an assist to tie for first on the team in goals, assists and total points.
The Beavers return home to Chet Anderson Stadium and turn their focus back to NSIC play for Parents’ Weekend Sept. 21-22. BSU hosts Minnesota State University Friday, with a Saturday matinee versus Concordia University, St. Paul. Each match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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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).