BSU falls to Michigan Tech in season-opener, 3-2
Saturday, September 3, 2011
BSU falls to Michigan Tech in season-opener, 3-2
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team got goals from senior forwards Kirsten Erickson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and Bethany Fluto (Bemidji, Minn.), but it was not enough to recover from a three-goal first half by Michigan Technological University (MTU) and the Huskies would hand the Beavers a 3-2 loss to open the 2011 season in Houghton, Mich. Saturday.

Bemidji State was out shot 21-7 on the afternoon and despite a solid effort from goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.), who turned away  nine MTU shots on goal, the Beavers struggled to generate offensive opportunities and dropped the season-opener.

The Huskies drew first blood scoring just 1:52 into play and would not look back. Katie Boardman snuck a free kick around a wall of BSU players to convert MTU’s first shot of the afternoon into a 1-0 lead.  

Michigan Tech’s went up 2-0 in the 39th minute on Boardman’s second goal of the day.  When Kjonaas came out of the net to play the ball, Boardman buried a shot in the right side of the net.  

The Huskies’ lead would swell to 3-0 during the final minute of the first half when Boardman was again in on MTU’s scoring play, this time finding teammate McKanzie Hengesh with a pass.  Hengesh then booted the ball high out of the reach of Kjonaas and into the net for her first goal of the season.  

Boardman finished the day with two goals and an assist to lead all players.

Down 3-0 after the first half of play, the Beavers began to mount a comeback in the 59th minute. Erickson got the Beavers on the board finding the upper-left corner of the net with a shot from 20 yards.  Freshman Annie Glissendorf (F/M, Sioux Falls, S.D.) was credited with her first collegiate assist on the scoring play.

Fluto trimmed the deficit to a goal, 3-2, when she tapped in a pass for newcomer Mary O’Brien (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.), into the goal during the 87th minute of play, for her first goal of 2011, but that was all the Beavers would muster.  Time would run out on the comeback and the BSU dropped its season lid lifter for first the first time since a 4-0 loss to Northern Michigan University to open the 2007 campaign (Aug. 24).

The Beavers continue their current road trip tomorrow as they are set to travel to Marquette. Mich. for a 1 p.m. tilt versus Northern Michigan.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.