Warriors hand BSU first NSIC loss of 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Warriors hand BSU first NSIC loss of 2011

WINONA, Minn. (Maxwell Field) -- The Winona State University soccer team got a goal from Samantha Fegen during the ninth minute of play Sunday and would not look back holding Bemidji State University scoreless and handing the Beavers their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss of the season, 1-0, at Maxwell Field in Winona, Minn.

For the fourth consecutive match, the Beavers were involved in a shutout, but today, BSU was on the wrong side of the decision as WSU goalkeeper Anna Belpedio made four saves to keep the Beavers off the scoreboard and propel the Warriors to a perfect 3-0-0 NSIC mark, while the team improved to 5-2-1 overall.

The Beavers entered the league match up riding a defensive string of three consecutive shutouts--a streak spanning 345:16 dating back to the second half of the team’s Sept. 11 match at Minot State University--but it took Winona State just nine minutes to snap that streak.

The Warriors converted their first scoring chance of the afternoon into a goal at the 8:10 mark when Fegen beat BSU goalkeeper Sonja Barr (Fr., Duluth, Minn.) on the heels of a corner kick by Katy Soliday.

Offensively, Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) led the way for BSU booting three shots, landing two on target.  Fellow senior Bri Scanlan (F, East Grand Forks, Minn.) also landed both of her shots on goal.

BSU out shot WSU in the match, 7-6.

Barr made four saves for the Beavers, but was tagged with the loss (1-1-0) after allowing the early goal.

The Beavers, now 3-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in NSIC play, returns home to host St. Cloud State University Oct. 1 in the team’s 2011 home opener.  Oct. 2, Concordia University-St. Paul will be at the BSU Soccer Field to challenge the Beavers on Parents’ Day.  Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.

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