BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University soccer team celebrated senior day by securing sixth place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Wayne State College. The Beavers will play the third-place team St. Cloud State on Wednesday in St. Cloud for the first round of the NSIC tournament.
“We didn’t play our best today, but we were able to grind one out,” said head coach Jim Stone. “At the end of the day we got the result that we wanted.”
The first half was a defensive battle as neither team had many offensive opportunities. BSU had two shots on goal in the first half, while Wayne State only had one.
Megan Dias led the Wildcat defense and kept bogging down the BSU attack. The stingy defense nearly forced the game into overtime, but luckily for the Beavers, Ashlee Ellefsen (Jr., Hugo, Minn.) put the ball in the back of the net in the 90th minute to get the win. Kirsten Erickson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) had the assist on the goal.
Ellefsen’s goal now gives her 32 career goals, which breaks the school record, previously set by Katie Meinhardt in 2006. The goal was Ellefsen’s 11th game winner, which also breaks the school record for most career-game-winning goals. Ellefsen also ends the regular season tied for most assists in a season with seven.
Keepers Samantha Ross (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) and Abby Kjonaas (So., Fargo, N.D.) split time in net today with Ross starting the game. Ross made two saves in the first half and Kjonaas made three saves in the second. It was the fifth time this season that the tandem has split time in goal and kept a clean sheet.
This marks the seventh time in school history that the Beavers have gone on to postseason play and the fifth of coach Stone’s career. The furthest the Beavers have gone in the NSIC tournament was in 2005 when they reached the semifinals before bowing out to Wayne State on penalty kicks.
The Beavers will head to St. Cloud to take on the Huskies in the first round of NSIC tournament play Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will go on to face the either Minnesota Duluth or Northern State on Friday.