BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team played their first regular-season home game Saturday afternoon, and defeated St. Cloud State University by a score of 2-0. The Beavers were led by goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Sr., Fargo, N.D.), who assembled a nine-save shutout, and Bri Scanlan (Sr., F, East Grand Forks, Minn.) who recorded a goal and an assist on the day.
With the win the Beavers improve to 4-4-1 (3-1-1 NSIC) on the season, with all four victories coming with shutouts.
The Beavers got on the board early. Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) received a lead pass from Scanlan with no defenders to beat and buried the ball in the lower left corner, beating the Husky keeper with ease for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Kari McAllen (Sr., D/M, Fargo, N.D.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Huskies would keep the ball in the Beavers’ zone for a majority of the half, but the Beaver defense would stand tough to the task. Kjonaas was forced to make eight saves in the first half, with a majority of them coming off of perimeter shots.
The Beavers would have the one goal advantage after 45 minutes of play even though they were out shot, 15-6.
The Beavers started the second half much like they did the game, scoring an early goal in the 51st minute of the game, this time off the foot of Scanlan. The Beavers turned the ball over in the offensive zone and Scanlan took a short pass from Jessie Voeller (So., F/M, White Bear Lake, Minn.) and beat the keeper in the lower left portion of the net from the top of the box.
The Beavers would lock up play defensively for the rest of the game with the defensive line limiting the quality scoring chances and cruise to a 2-0 victory.
The Beavers will be back on the pitch tomorrow afternoon when they take on Concordia University-St. Paul (4-4-0; 3-1-0 NSIC) for Parents Day. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start at the BSU Soccer Complex.
The Beavers will travel to the Dakotas next weekend to take on the University of Mary and Northern State University, before returning home for the final six games of the regular season.