BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team looks to extend its two-game road winning streak this weekend as it travels west for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches.
The Beavers will face Augustana College Saturday at 1 p.m. before wrapping up their weekend on the road against Wayne State University Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last time out
Mary O’Brien (F, Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) scored twice to help the Beavers earn a tough league split Sept. 20-21 and extended her scoring streak to three games. The Beavers lost a 3-1 battle to No. 8 Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday, but bounced back to salvage a split with a 2-0 win over Concordia University-St. Paul Sunday. Sarah Stram (F, Fr., Elk Grove Village, Ill.) also netted a goal on Sunday to match O’Brien for the team’s scoring lead with three goals. Sonja Barr (GK. Jr., Duluth, Minn.) made six saves in the victory on Sunday to move her to 3-0 on the season with two of those wins being shutouts. The Beavers move to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in NSIC play.
Augustana is 5-1 on the season and has won five straight games after losing its opening game to Northeastern State University. Maren Werth, who has five goals this season, has led the high-powered Augie attack. Aleisha Oehlerking is also adding to the attack by posting three goals and three assists this season.
Bemidji State and Augustana have met nine times prior to Saturday’s match. The Beavers have dominated the series with a record of 6-2-1. Bemidji State’s last win in the series came by a 2-1 score September 23, 2012.
Scouting Wayne State University
The Wildcats are 1-5-0 to open the 2013 season. The Wildcat’s collected their lone win against MSU Moorhead (0-5-0). WSC’s leading scorer is Macy Hagen, who has two goals. Kylie Comba has started of Wildcats’ matches this season and has posted a .641 save percentage with one shutout.
Bemidji State and Wayne State have met 17 times prior to Sunday’s match. There is no distinct advantage for the teams as there series record is 7-7-3. The last win the Beavers gained versus WSC came 4-0 Sept. 22, 2012.
What to watch for
O’Brien and Stram both look to continue their great run of form as they are tied for the lead in goals this year with three.
Barr has climbed to fifth on BSU’s career shutouts list with seven following last weekend’s 2-0 blanking of CU.
O’Brien is seventh on the career points list and seventh BSU’s all-time goals list. In just over two seasons, she has piled up 37 points and 16 goals.
The Beavers look to keep their foot on the gas as they have outscored their opponents 11-5 this season and have scored 10 of those goals in the first half of games.
Bemidji State is unbeaten in its last three regular-season road matches (2-0-1), including a 2-0-0 mark on the road this season.
The Beavers will be back at home to host a pair of NSIC conference games against Southwest Minnesota State University October 6 and University of Sioux Falls October 7, which is also senior day for BSU.
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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).