Beavers clinch playoff berth after posting 1-0 win over Augustana
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Beavers clinch playoff berth after posting 1-0 win over Augustana
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After dropping yesterday’s match in Wayne, Neb., the Bemidji State University soccer team bounced back gaining a decisive 1-0 win over Augustana College on Sunday afternoon to clinch a playoff berth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships.

With the win, the Beavers now improve to 11-2-0 (8-2-0 NSIC) on the season. The Beavers currently remained tied for first place in the conference with Minnesota Duluth. Both teams have 24 points in the standings. Clinching the early playoff berth, the Beavers are still looking to post one of their best finishes ever in NSIC play, as the Beavers only need one more conference win to secure a spot in the top four in playoff seeding.

The Beavers started the game off a bit sluggish as the Vikings managed to out-shoot BSU in the first half 5-4. Neither side could get much offense generated as shots on target were an even 2-2 with both keepers keeping the game scoreless.

Coming out fired up, Bemidji State started the second half with a blaze of offense that included three shots on goal in the first 8 minutes of the half. In the 55th minute of the game Jamie Ford (R-Sr., Fwd., Edina, Minn.) would orchestrate the lone goal of the game as she set up Bri Scanlan (Jr., Mid., East Grand Forks, Minn.). The goal was Scanlan’s second of the season and second game-winner on the year as well. So far on the season the Beavers have scored the first goal of the game in all, but one game.

With the lead in hand, the Beaver offense stayed busy as it went on to tally a total of 15 shots in the half. However, Augie keeper Amanda Wagner kept the Beavers from scoring a second goal.

BSU keeper Samantha Ross (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) picked up her ninth career shutout making three saves in the contest.

Bemidji State will play one NSIC contest and one nonconference match this weekend as the Beavers travel to Duluth on Friday afternoon. The game against the Bulldogs is set to begin at 3 p.m. BSU will then host Minot State the following day at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.