Kjonaas and Erickson lead Beavers to 2-0 victory at Minnesota, Crookston
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Kjonaas and Erickson lead Beavers to 2-0 victory at Minnesota, Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Bemidji State University senior Kirsten Erickson (F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) scored two goals and goaltender Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) turned aside four University of Minnesota, Crookston shots as the Beavers posted a 2-0 shutout at UMC Soccer Field Saturday to open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play.

Bemidji State jumped on the Golden Eagles early and Kjonaas took care of the rest, stonewalling the UMC offense and earning her first shutout of the season as the Beavers improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Erickson got the Beavers on the board during the second minute of the game. Kathryn Bjorge (Sr., D, Prior Lake, Minn.) and Samantha Lumberg (So., D/M, Woodbury, Minn.) contributed to the scoring play, each gaining her first assist of the season.

Less than four minutes later, the Beavers built a 2-0 lead and it was again off the foot of Erickson, this time unassisted.  

The goal stood has her team-leading fourth of the season, while she has now accounted for both of the Beavers’ game-winning goals this season.

Leading 2-0 after 45 minutes, the teams played a scoreless second half.  Kjonaas made three saves during the final 45 minutes to protect the shutout.

Bemidji State, now 2-3 overall and 1-0 in NSIC play, shifts its focus to Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  The Beavers will travel to Moorhead, Minn. tomorrow for a 1 p.m. match at Alex Nemzek Soccer Field.

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