BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team heads west as it hits the road for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches this weekend. The Beavers will face Northern State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. before wrapping up their weekend at Minnesota State University, Moorhead Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last time out
Jessie Voeller (F, Sr. White Bear Lake, Minn.) scored and earned an assist to help the Beavers gain a tough league split Oct. 5-6. BSU lost a 4-3 battle to Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday, but bounced back with a win against Sioux Falls University, 2-0, Sunday on Senior Day. Stephanie Challes (F, S., Andover, Minn.) netted her first goal of the season Sunday to help the Beavers split the series. Sonja Barr (Jr., Duluth, Minn.) made seven saves in the victory to move to 4-1 on the season with three of those wins being shutouts.
The Beavers are now 7-3 on the season and 4-3 in NSIC play.
Scouting Northern State University
Northern State hosts Bemidji State with a 6-4 record to open the 2013 season. The Wolves are led by forward Allie Macdonald who has four goals, giving her eight points on the season. Former Beaver goalkeeper, Brittany Tietz has started seven of the Wolves' ten games in goal this year and has posted a save percentage of .820 with four shutouts.
Bemidji State and Northern State have met 21 times prior to Saturday’s match. The Wolves have dominated the series with a record of 12-6-3, but Bemidji State has won the past three contests. The Beavers' last win in the series came by a 1-0 score October 7, 2012.
Scouting Minnesota State University Moorhead
MSU Moorhead hosts Bemidji State with a 0-9 record so far in the 2013 season. MSUM is lead by Erin Nyberg who has two goals, giving her four points so far this season. Ashley Leintz has started four games in goal for MSU Moorhead and has goals agaisnt average of just 1.14 per game but it hasn’t been enough to get her a win.
Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead have met 23 times prior to Sunday’s match. The Dragons hold the series lead with a record of 12-10-1, but Bemidji State has won the past three of four contests. The Beavers last win in the series came by a 2-1 score October 6, 2012.
What to watch for
The Beavers look to have continued success on the road, as they are 3-1 so far away from Chet Anderson Stadium.
Carly Dietrich scored the first free kick off a set piece for the Beavers this season.
Nyquist and Voeller look to continue their great passing form as they both have the lead with three assists this season.
Bemidji looks to keep their clean play to a minimal as they have been out fouled 57 to 71.
The Beavers will head south to play a pair of NSIC conference games against Winona State University Oct. 18 and Upper Iowa University Oct. 20.
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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).