|September 05, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|BSU||3:44||Norton, Rachael (Smith, Allyson )|
|BSU||11:20||Norton, Rachael (Smith, Allyson )|
|UMC||DiMario Done, Athena||45:00||0||3|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMC|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (8)||0 (0)|
CROOKSTON, Minn. – Rachael Norton scored twice during the first 12 minutes and the Bemidji State University Soccer team cruised to a 3-0 shutout over the University of Minnesota Crookston to open the 2017 season.
With an early lead, BSU defense kept the Golden Eagles in check holding them without a single shot on goal.
The victory extended BSU’s winning streak against the Golden Eagles to 19-games–stretching back to 2002. In 29 all-time meetings between the teams, BSU improves to 23-5-1.
Bemidji State needed just 3:44 to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Allyson Smith recorded her first collegiate point feeding Norton, who chipped the Beavers’ first goal of 2017 over the UMC goalkeeper. The duo would combine forces again during the 12th minute. Smith passed to Norton across the middle and the junior striker found the right side of the net.
Before the first half came to an end, the Beavers’ lead would swell to 3-0 when Alanna Mattson won the ball out of a scramble and shot across the goal, tucking her first goal just inside the left post. The goal came during the 42nd minute of play.
Junior Anna Fobbe got the start in goal for BSU and teamed up with Catherine Arneson for the shutout. The BSU goalkeepers were untested and the Beavers held an 8-0 edge in shots on goal.
The Beavers look to protect their unblemished record (1-0;1-0 NSIC) Friday when they travel to Haughton, Mich. to open the non-conference season versus Michigan Technological University. The match is set for a 4 p.m. opening kick from Sherman Field. BSU wraps up the three-match road trip Sunday with a 2 p.m. non-conference match up at the Northern Michigan University Soccer Field in Marquette, Mich.
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).