O'Brien's OT score pushes BSU past Wayne State
Sunday, October 16, 2011
O'Brien's OT score pushes BSU past Wayne State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Soccer Complex) -- After dominating play for 90 minutes, the Bemidji State University soccer team needed overtime to defeat Wayne State College (3-9-2; 0-8-1 NSIC) Sunday at the BSU Soccer Complex.  Just 89 seconds into the extra frame, Mary O’Brien (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.) tapped in her second goal of the season to give the Beavers 1-0 victory.

The victory allowed the Beavers to improve to 6-6-2 overall with a 5-3-2 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate play to hold sole possession of fourth place in the league standings with 17 points.

Bemidji State controlled the run of play from the opening whistle, out shooting the Wildcats 20-15, with an 11-4 edge in shots on goal.

The Beavers may have been held scoreless through the 90 minutes of regulation, but they did not got without quality scoring chances.  In the first half alone, BSU players, battling tremendous wind gusts, misfired on three point-blank scoring opportunities.

The teams remained tied 0-0 a the second half ended setting up the Beavers’ sixth overtime match of 2011-12.

Just as was the case during regulation, BSU controlled play.  The ball never crossed the midfield line in overtime. 

Bemidji State immediately pressured WSC and forced a corner kick.  The corner led to the Beavers’ game-winner.

Kathryn Bjorge (Sr., D, Prior Lake, Minn.) got the scoring play started with a high pass in from 30 yards out.  The ball, which was held up by the gusting wind, floated to Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) in the box, Erickson got a shot off from 10 yards and O’Brien was on the back side to tap it past the outstretched WSC goaltender.

BSU’s Abby Kjonaas (Sr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) posted her fifth shutout of the season, making four saves in the match.  She improved to 5-4-2 on the season.

The Beavers (6-6-2; 5-3-2- NSIC) look to continue its winning way next weekend as it hosts a pair of matches.  The Beavers welcome University of Minnesota Duluth (7-5-1; 7-3-0 NSIC) Friday for a 3 p.m. NSIC matinee before Minot State University make a trip to Bemidji, Minn.  for a nonconference affair.  Sunday’s match is set for a 1 p.m. start.