INDIANAPOLIS — The Bemidji State soccer team finished 10th in the final Central Region rankings of 2009 released by the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Committee.
The Beavers compiled an 11-6-2 record this season, marking the fifth season with 10 or more wins for head coach Jim Stone. The 11 wins this season is tied for third best in school history. Compiling a .632 winning percentage, it is the second best winning percentage in coach Stone’s eight-year career at BSU.
The 2009 season saw many positives for the Beavers, especially in the record setting department. Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) had a standout year. She broke the school records for most career points (80), most career goals (32), and game-winning goals (11). She also tied the school record for most assists in a season (7). Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) also matched the school record for most assist in a single game (3).
Offensively, this has been one of the best seasons for BSU. The 46 goals scored is second best in school history just missing the record of 53. The Beavers also tallied 46 assists, which is tied for third all-time. Last year’s mark of 50 assists set the record for most in a season. Lastly, Bemidji State’s 264 attempted shots marks the fifth best mark in school history.
On defense the BSU soccer team really shined, setting new records in goals allowed (17) and goals against average (0.86). The 17 goals against beats the old records of 19 set in 2006 and 2008. The 0.86 goals against average mark eclipses the previous 0.89 goals against average set in 2005. The seven shutouts posted by BSU is tied for fourth best, missing last year’s mark of eight.
Four other Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools were ranked in the Central Region including, Minnesota State (2), Winona State (6), Minnesota Duluth (7), and St. Cloud State (9).
NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Poll – Central Region
1. Metropolitan State
2. Minnesota State Mankato
3. Colorado School of Mines
4. Fort Lewis
5. Regis (Colorado)
6. Winona State
7. Minnesota Duluth
8. Mesa State
9. St. Cloud State
10. Bemidji State