Bemidji State soccer looks ahead to NSIC match-ups
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Bemidji State soccer looks ahead to NSIC match-ups
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team travels to UMC Soccer Field in Crookston, Minn. to take on University of Minnesota, Crookston Friday Sept. 16th before heading to Alex Nemzek Soccer Field in Moorhead, Minn. to face Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday Sept. 17th in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) matchups.  Both games are set for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

This weekend will be the first NSIC test for the Beavers (1-3-0) of 2011.  BSU has momentum going into the weekend after picking up its first win of the season--a 2-1 overtime win at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, N.D.--versus Minot State University. Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) scored the game-winner.  Mary O’Brien (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.), assisted by Bri Scanlan (F/M, East Grand Forks, Minn.), scored her first collegiate goal in the sixth minute on the Beavers’ first shot to Minot Keeper Ashley Barcewski.    

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles (0-4-0) seek their first win of the season after being shutout 3-0 by Augustana College and 2-0 by the University of Nebraska-Kearney this past weekend.  The Golden Eagles have not scored a goal since Nikki Hammond scored in the team’s first game of the season in the 3-1 Sept. 3rd loss to Northern Michigan University.  

The MSU Moorhead Dragons opened their 2011 season with three wins.  They will face Bemidji State after a 4-0 win over Jamestown College at home on Sept. 9.  The Dragons have had scoring from several players to start the season and released 36 shots on goal, versus the Jamestown Jimmies, 18 of which landed on target.  Amanda Wurdeman leads the offense and was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after her three-goal weekend scoring two against Benedictine University (Wis.) and one against Viterbo University (Wis.) Sept. 4-5.  

In 2010, the Beavers had strong showings in two match-ups against Minnesota, Crookston shutting out the Golden Eagles in both outings. In the 3-0 win, Bethany Fluto (Sr., F, Bemidji, Minn.) scored the game-winner.  The Beavers’ second win was a 5-0 blow out in which the scoring came mostly from the 2010 senior class.  BSU faced MSU Moorhead once last season. The Beavers dropped the Dragons, 3-0, in front of a  Parent’s Weekend crowd.  Tiffany Van Haaften (Jr., M, Chaska, Minn.) scored her first goal of 2010 and Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) picked up her first shutout with eight saves.  

The Beavers fell to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers 5-0 Sept. 9 at James Malosky Stadium in Duluth, Minn.  BSU went down a goal 19:21 into the game on a goal from Oredigger forward Anna Evans.  She scored on a shot from the rift of BSU goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas that crossed the goal line off the inside left post.  From there the Beavers could not stop the offensive drive and would let four more goals in before the final whistle.  The Beavers were out shot 13-2 in shots on goal.  Kjonaas made seven saves and freshman Sonja Barr (Fr., GK, Duluth, Minn.) played the second half and made one save.

On Saturday, the Beavers took a 1-0 lead over Minot State into halftime on the Mary O’Brien goal and would keep the lead until 65 seconds into the second half when Chantal Paradis floated a free kick just over the reach of goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas for her first goal of the year.  The teams played the final 43 minutes of regulation without a goal, but in the third minute of overtime, Kirsten Erickson got behind the MSU backline on a breakaway and beat the Minot goaltender for her team-leading second goal of the season and first career game-winner.  Kjonaas made four saves and allowed one goal in the win.  She moves to 1-3 on the season.   

Coach Jim Stone is in his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team.  He has posted an overall record of 89-74-17 and is riding a streak of six seasons with at least a .500 winning percentage.

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