Bemidji State soccer shut out at Northern Michigan, 1-0
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Bemidji State soccer shut out at Northern Michigan, 1-0
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Bemidji State soccer team put together eight shots and got six on goal, but was unable to breach the line as Northern Michigan University earned a 1-0 victory Sunday at NMU Outdoor Fields in Marquette, Minn.

The shutout left the Beavers without a win though their first two games of the 2011 campaign (0-2-0) marking the first time since 2004 BSU has dropped the first two games of its season.

NMU goalkeeper Jessica Baker collected six saves in the game to post her first shutout of the season and move the Wildcats to 2-0-1 on the season.

For the second consecutive outing, BSU found itself down early and was unable to recover.  Today, Amelia Johnson got a pass beyond the Beavers’ back line to Chelsea Lyons, who converted the Wildcats’ first shot into a 1-0 lead in the third minute (2:38).  The goal was Lyons’ fifth in just three games this season.

The teams played the final 87 minutes without scoring.  

Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) and freshman Sonja Barr (Duluth, Minn.) split time in net for BSU.  Kjonaas got the start, made four saves and was tagged with the loss after allowing the early goal.  In her collegiate debut, Barr made two saves and held the Wildcats scoreless during the final 45 minutes of play to keep the Beavers within a goal.

BSU, now 0-2-0 on the season, sets out in search of its first win of 2011 Friday as it battles Colorado School of Mines in a neutral-site contest at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Griggs Field at Malosky Stadium.  Sunday, the team continues its eight-game road swing to open the season with a trip to Minot, N.D. to face future Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foe Minot State University.

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