BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State forward Mary O’Brien (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) has been selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced today by league officials, after leading the BSU soccer team to a pair of NSIC victories Oct. 26-27
O'Brien posted two goals and two assists to lead all Bemidji State players in scoring last weekend. The Maplewood, Minn. native recorded two goals, including the game-winner, Saturday to pace the Beavers to a 5-0 victory over University of Mary. Sunday, O'Brien followed that up by setting up both of BSU’s goals in a 2-1 overtime victory versus Minot State University. O'Brien's pass to teammate Jessie Voeller (F, Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) in the 94th minute, set up the game-winning goal. She finished the weekend with six shots on goal.
Piling up 17 points (7g-3a) this season, O’Brien is second on the team in scoring, while she is tied with Sarah Stram (F, Fr., Elk Grove Village, Ill) for the team’s goal-scoring lead.
The league award marks the second of O’Brien’s career, while it is the first for a member of the BSU soccer team this season. O’Brien was previous honored by the NSIC Sept. 24, 2012.
In addition to O’Brien, the NSIC recognized Southwest Minnesota State University’s Brienna Dehkes as Goalkeeper of the Week and Madalyn Jansen of Winona State University as its Defensive Player of the Week.
The Beavers, now 11-5-0 overall and 8-5-0 in NSIC play, remain home to host the University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. The NSIC matchup will serve as the Beavers' last regular-season home match of the 2013 season.
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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).