BSU stumbles in Nebraska; loses 2-1 to Wayne State
Saturday, October 16, 2010
BSU stumbles in Nebraska; loses 2-1 to Wayne State
WAYNE, Neb. – The Bemidji State University soccer team suffered its second loss of the season Saturday afternoon as the Beavers fell to the Wayne State Wildcats 2-1.

The Beavers scored first, jumping-out to an early lead in the 8th minute behind a goal from Ashlee Ellefsen (Sr., Fwd., Hugo, Minn.). Jamie Ford (R-Sr., Fwd., Edina, Minn.) recorded the assist on the play. With the goal, Ellefsen now has a 100 career points and is the first BSU soccer player to hit the century mark.

The early advantage wouldn’t last long for the Beavers as Wayne State started taking control of the game. In the 20th minute Tiffani Kellerman scored for the Wildcats on an unassisted goal to tie the game up.

The Beavers only managed to get three shots on target in the first half, while keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) had to make five saves in the half alone.

In the second half the play evened out, but Bemidji State couldn’t find the go-ahead goal it was looking for. Unfortunately, Wayne State scored in the 64th minute from a play that started from a corner kick. The goal would prove to be the game-winner for the Wildcats. Ford had a chance to tie the game late in half, but her strike was turned away by Wayne State keeper Emily Walker.

Bemidji State was out-shot in the game 9-5, and with the loss drops to 10-2-0 on the season with a conference record of 7-2-0. Heading into Sunday, BSU is locked in a three-way tie for first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with 21 points. Tied for first along with the Beavers are Minnesota Duluth (7-4-2; 7-2-0 NSIC) who dropped their conference match today to Augustana 1-0, and Winona State (10-3-0; 7-1-0) whose only conference loss was to Bemidji State.

The Beavers will look to rebound as they take on Augustana College tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D.