BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Soccer Head Coach Jim Stone announced the Beavers’ 2019 schedule, which features eight regular-season home games, 15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchups and five contests versus 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
Coming off a back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a season during which it was ranked nationally, including a stint at No. 4, the Beavers have established themselves as a regional powerhouse. BSU opened the 2018 season with a program-record 15 consecutive victories and remained unbeaten through the regular season and deep into the postseason (18-0-2) en route to its first NSIC regular-season title.
The Beavers’ recent and sustained success has moved them from being the hunter to the hunted. In debatably the toughest schedule the Beavers have ever played, BSU will be tested early and often.
After a trio of preseason scrimmages beginning with a trip St. Catherine University Aug. 22 and including the University of St. Thomas Aug. 24 and the team’s annual Alumni Game Aug. 25, the Beavers officially get the 2019 regular season underway when they host Winona State University under the lights of Chet Anderson Stadium in a non-conference match up with the NSIC foe, Sept. 5.
BSU will then travel to Mankato Minn., for a pair of neutral-site match ups with regional opponents in non-conference play. BSU will face the 2019 NCAA Division II runner up Grand Valley State University, Sept. 13, and will attempt avenge its 2-0 loss to the University of Central Missouri in last fall’s Central Regional semifinal match, Sept. 15.
The Beavers open conference play beginning with a Sept. 20-22 road weekend at St. Cloud State University (Sept. 20) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 22). In addition to the road trip officially beginning the defense of BSU’s conference title, the road trip wraps up the Beavers’ longest road stretch of the season at four matches.
BSU returns to Chet Anderson Stadium to host Upper Iowa University, Sept. 27, and will face Winona State for the second time of the season, Sept. 29, and first time in NSIC play, for parents’ weekend.
Following a road trip to the University of Sioux Falls, Oct. 4, and Southwest Minnesota State University, Oct. 6, to open play in October, the Beavers return home for NSIC contests versus Minot State University, Oct. 11, who also competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and will host the University of Mary for Senior Day, Oct. 13.
The Beavers hit the road again Oct. 18, traveling to St. Paul, Minn. to face Concordia University-St. Paul in an evening contest before making its way to Minnesota State University, Mankato, Oct. 20, which BSU defeated for just the second time since 2010 with a 3-2 overtime thriller a year ago, Oct. 20.
Bemidji State welcomes Wayne State College to Bemidji, Minn., Oct. 25, to open a home weekend of NSIC competition. The Beavers host their fifth and final 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent in Augustana University, Oct. 27, to wrap up play in October.
The Beavers finish the regular season playing two of their last three matches on the road. A road trip to Minnesota State University Moorhead kicks off the regular-season stretch run, Nov. 1, before the Beavers host former BSU Assistant Coach Ryszard Gorski and Northern State University, Nov. 3. Gorski left the program following the 2018 season for his first collegiate head coaching position. BSU completes the regular season slate, Nov. 8, at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
The eight-team NSIC Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal round Nov. 13. The four advancing teams will face off for the conference tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament Nov. 15 and 17. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 22.
Jim Stone, the 2018 NSIC Coach of the Year, will return 21 players for the 2019 season, along with the addition of 10 newcomers to the roster. The roster includes four players who earned All-NSIC honors during the 2018 season, eight of BSU’s top 10 scorers and one goalkeeper.
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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).