BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team looks to extend its four-game winning streak this weekend as it hosts a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches.
The Beavers will face No. 8 Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday at 1 p.m. before finishing their weekend home stand against Concordia University, St. Paul Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last time out
Abby Nyquist (D. So., Golden Valley, MN.), Mary O'Brien (F, Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) and Bayley Ertl (F, Fr., North Branch, Minn.) each scored, and goalkeeper Sonja Barr (Jr., Duluth, Minn.) made a season-high eight saves and got her second win on the season to give the Beavers the nonconference victory against Northern Michigan to move to 4-0 on the season. The victory allowed the Beavers to improve to 4-0-0, marking the third time in program history the team has opened the season with at least four consecutive wins.
Scouting Minnesota State
Minnesota State is 3-1 to open the 2013 season, putting up wins against Truman State (3-1-1), Central Missouri (2-1-1) and Concordia-St. Paul (1-3). Courtney Vallarelli, who has two goals and an assist this season, has led the high-powered MSU attack. Kiana Nickel, who has two goals and a 1.000 shooting success rate this year, has also played a pivotal role in the Maverick scoring attack.
Bemidji State and the Mavericks have met nine times prior to Saturday’s match. The series has been dominated by Minnesota State, which has gone 7-1-1 against the Beavers. Bemidji State's last win in the series came by a 1-0 score October 31, 2010.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
The Golden Bears are 1-3-0 to open the 2013 season, putting up their lone win against Oklahoma Baptist (2-0-3). CU's leading scorer is McKenzie Buck, who has two goals in 2013. Erica Landry is the only other Golden Bear to score so far this season, she has posted one goal.
Bemidji State and the Golden Bears have met 16 times prior to Sunday’s match. Beavers hold a 9-5-2 record in the series with a dominant 5-1 record when hosting CU. The last win the Beavers had against Concordia-St. Paul was in October 2, 2010, winning 1-0.
What to watch for
Bemidji State has started the 2013 season with wins in each of its first two home games, continuing its recent home-field domination. BSU is 9-2-0 in its last 11 home games after posting a 7-2-0 record in Bemidji last year.
BSU's goalkeeping corps of Barr and Amanda Garvin (Fr. Claremont, Calif.) look to keep its momentum. Both goalies have posted one shutout and each has a save percentage of .900.
Nyquist and O’Brien both look to continue their great run of form as they both scored last weekend and are no friends of the Golden Bears as they both scored against Concordia-St. Paul last year.
Sarah Stram (Fr. Elk Grove, Minn.) has contributed to the Beavers’ scoring this year. She is tied with Nyquist for most goals on the team with two.
The Beavers will head back out on the road as they try to maintain an umblemished mark of 2-0 in road games in 2013. BSU will play Sept. 28at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Sept. 29 at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.
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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).