BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team looks to keep it home field advantage going this weekend as it hosts a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches. The Beavers will face No. 18 Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday at 1 p.m. before wrapping up their homestand with a senior day match up against the University of Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Last time out
Sarah Stram (F, Fr., Elk Grove Village, Ill.) scored twice and earned an assist to help the Beavers earn a tough league split Sept. 27-28. BSU lost a 2-1 overtime battle at Augustana College Saturday, but bounced back with a win at Wayne State University, 3-0 Sunday. Mary O’Brien (F, Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) also netted a goal and an assist Sunday to keep her season rolling. Amanda Garvin (GK, Claremont, Calif.) made three saves in the victory to move her to 3-1 on the season with two of the wins being shutouts. The Beavers are now 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in NSIC play.
Scouting Southwest Minnesota State
Southwest Minnesota State arrives in Bemidji, Minn. with an unblemished 8-0 recordand are ranked No. 18 in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tired NCAA Division II national poll. The Mustangs are led by Miranda Cadena who has four goals and two assists giving her 10 points on the season. Reigning NSIC Defensive Player of the Week, Danica Requejo, has been the driving force behind a SMSU’s defense that has not allowed a goal in its last 389 minutes—a streak that stretched back to Sept. 13.
Bemidji State and Southwest Minnesota State have met 18 times prior to Saturday’s match. The Mustangs have dominated this series with a record of 10-5-3, but Bemidji State has won the past two contests. The Beavers last win in the series came by a 1-0 score September 30, 2012.
Scouting University Sioux Falls
University Sioux Falls is 0-7-1 to open the season. The Cougars played against St. Cloud State University, which was extended to double overtime and ended in a 0-0 draw. Maria Gonzalez, who has two goals and an assist on the season, powers Sioux Falls attack. Also, Corrin Cook has been in net during all eight games for Sioux Falls, has a goals average of 2.05 and has one shutout this season.
Bemidji State and Sioux Falls have met just one time prior to Sunday’s match. The Beavers won that meeting, 2-1 Sept. 29, 2012.
What to watch for
The Beavers have won four out of the five games in which Stram has scored a goal in this season.
Nyquist has converted two out of 25 corner kicks this season and is looking to add to that number this weekend.
Stram and Nyquist look to continue their late game dominance as they both have two game-winning goals this season.
The Beavers goalkeeper tandem of Barr and Garvin have out saved their opponents 48 to 39 which has helped Bemidji State get off to a fast start this season.
Bemidji State is 3-1-0 at home this season.
SMSU is BSU’s second nationaly-ranked opponent this season. BSU also hosted then-No. 8 Minnesota State Sept. 21 and fell to MSU 3-1.
The Beavers will head west to play a pair of NSIC conference games against Northern State University Oct. 12 and Minnesota State University-Moorhead Oct. 13.
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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).