Bemidji State soccer team to host first round of conference tournament

Bemidji State soccer team to host first round of conference tournament
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Bemidji State soccer team to host first round of conference tournament

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The No. 14 Bemidji State University soccer team, which pulled down the No. 2 seed in the Northern Sun intercollegiate Conference Tournament after finishing the regular season at 14-0-3 overall and 12-0-3 in NSIC play, will open the 2017 postseason by hosting Winona State University, the tournament’s No. 7 seed, in the quarterfinal round of the league championship at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Bemidji State soccer team completed its first unbeaten regular season Sunday, extending its unbeaten streak to 17 matches, battling back for a 2-2 draw at University of Minnesota Duluth, Saturday and a 4-1 win versus St. Cloud State, Sunday. Despite working its way through the regular season without a loss, BSU still came up one point short of the NSIC regular-season title and the tournament’s No. 1 seed as Minnesota State University, Mankato went 13-1-1 in league play to finish with one more point in the final NSIC standings.

BSU’s 14 wins matches a program record for wins and its 12 wins in NSIC establishes a new program record for league wins, surpassing its 11-win 2016 league record. With a 12-0-3 record in league play, Bemidji State completed the 13th unbeaten season in NSIC history. Of the 268 women’s soccer teams in NCAA Division II, only four finished the season unbeaten and BSU was one of them

BSU is the second seed in the NSIC tournament for the third time in program history. BSU also tied for second place in 2006 (10-6-2; 6-3-0 NSIC) and earned second place outright in 2005 (12-4-7; 9-1-4 NSIC).

BSU has outscored its opponents 42-7 this season and own and NSIC-best 2.47 goals per game.

Bemidji State goalkeeper, Catherine Arneson, collected her seventh victory of the season Sunday. She matched her career-high nine saves Saturday in a double overtime draw with Minnesota Duluth. Arneson and fellow goalkeeper, Anna Fobbe, have combined to backstop a BSU team that ranks sixth in the country in goals against average at .395. Arneson is sixth in all of Division II individually surrendering just .391 goals per game. Freshman Allyson Smith led all BSU players scoring two goals Oct. 28-29, while Rachael Norton netted a goal and two assists to also post four points in the final weekend of the regular season. With 12 goals and 10 assists, Norton leads the NSIC is scoring and ranks 19th in NCAA Division II at 2.00 points per game and 11th in assists per game (0.59)

The Beavers will make their ninth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament and host the first round for the second consecutive season. Since taking over the BSU soccer program in the fall of 2002, head coach Jim Stone’s teams have made the eight-team NSIC tournament in 13 of 16 seasons. Stone-coached teams at BSU are 3-12-2 all-time in postseason play with each of the ties decided by a shootout.

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