Augustana edges BSU, 1-0
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Augustana edges BSU, 1-0

BEMIDjI, Minn. (BSU Soccer Complex) -- Bemidji State University and Augustana College played more than 87 minutes of scoreless soccer Saturday at the BSU Soccer Complex, but in the Vikings’ Maren Werth headed a goal past BSU’s goalkeeper Sonja Barr (Fr., Duluth, Minn.) in the final minutes to steal the win, 1-0.

From the opening kick, Augie controlled the run of play limiting Beavers opportunities to score.  The Vikings doubled up BSU in total shots, 22-11, shots on goal, 11-5 and took the only corner kicks of the match until the final 30 seconds, 3-2.

Barr, who posted a career-high 10 saves in the game, was tested early and often as Augie held the ball in its offensive zone for the majority of the first half.  The freshman kept the Beavers in the scoreless tie making five saves during the first 45 minutes, including a sprawling save on a point-blank header off a corner kick in the 37th minute.

The Beavers ended the half just inches from taking a 1-0 lead into the break.  In the game’s 44th minute, Bronwyn Boyd (So., M, Bemidji, Minn.) got a clear shot on the AC goal, but the hit the right post. 

The missed opportunity sent the teams to rest and regroup tied 0-0.

Although the Beavers were able to generate more scoring opportunities in the second half, Augustana continued to dictate play.

BSU may have allowed its best opportunity of the game slide by when its leading scorer, Kirsten Erickson (Sr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) broke free and missed the goal high from 10 yards in the 86th minute

With the game winding down and the teams facing the very real possibility of overtime, the Vikings got a break.  Paige Lynam sent a crossing pass in from the left sideline and Werth beat Barr to the right post with a header.

The goal gave Augie all the offense it would need.  BSU followed with heavy pressure and got two corner kicks in the final 30 seconds.  But the Beavers’ last-second efforts would come up short as BSU dropped the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) match up 1-0--the team’s fifth one-goal loss of the season.

A physical game, the Beavers were whistled for 11 fouls and the Vikings five.

The Beavers (5-6-2; 4-3-2- NSIC) will look to get back in the win column on Sunday when they host Wayne State College (3-8-2; 0-7-1 NSIC).  The NSIC contest is set for a 1 p.m. start at the BSU Soccer Complex.