Beavers jump up one spot in national poll

Beavers jump up one spot in national poll
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Beavers jump up one spot in national poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team has moved up one spot in the Oct. 31 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women’s Poll. After a 2-2 draw at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State University Oct. 28-29, coaches across the country have voted the Beavers No. 15 in the nation’s top 25 poll. The Beavers clung to the No. 2 position in the NCAA Division II Central Region heading into the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.

The Oct. 31 poll marks the fifth consecutive week the Beavers have been among the top 25 teams in the country and its highest national ranking in program history.

Bemidji State is one of four teams in the national poll that remain unbeaten. University of Central Missouri remains in the top spot of the ranking at 18-0-0 on the season.

The Beavers are one of two teams hailing from the NSIC among the top 25, with Minnesota State University, Mankato (15-2-1) coming in at No. 21.

In addition, to the Beavers pulling down votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, BSU is down one spot to No. 13 in the Massey Ratings College Soccer Poll and are 19th in Hero Sports D2 national rankings.

Regionally, the Beavers also used a 1-0-1 weekend versus UMD and SCSU hold onto the No. 2 in the NCAA Division II Central Region for the second straight week with just one week until the regional site is selected and the field is set. The top six teams form each region advance to the regional tournament Nov. 10 and 12.

The Central Region is made up the NSIC, the Mid-America Conference and the Great American Conference.

The Beavers have never participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

BSU, 14-0-3 overall and 12-0-3 in NSIC play, has secured the No. 2 seed in the NSIC Soccer Tournament and will host seventh-seeded Winona State University in the quarterfinal round at Chet Anderson Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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.