Bemidji, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team took on the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs in an NSIC match up Friday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs would prove to be too much for the Beavers, beating them by a score of 4-1.
The loss lowers the Beavers record to 6-7-2 (5-4-2 NSIC) on the season and improves the Bulldogs record to 8-5-1 (8-3-0 NSIC).
UMD got on the scoreboard early in the game, with a goal six minutes into the first half.
The Beavers responded midway through the half, with a goal off the foot of Mary O’Brien (Fr., F, Maplewood, Minn.). The goal came on a corner kick by senior midfielder Kari McAllen (Fargo, N.D.). McAllen crossed the ball to Mari Wallestad (Fr., D, Ramsey, Minn.) in front of the net. Wallestad headed the ball towards the goal and was tipped in by O’Brien for her third goal of the season. The assist was Wallestad’s first as a Beaver.
The two teams would go into half time locked at one goal apiece.
The Bulldogs started the second half strong, pressuring the Beavers back line. They would go on to add three more goals in the half, including one on a penalty kick, and one by leading scorer Maureen Stormont. Stormont added an assist on the first goal of the game for a three-point day.
Senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) made eight saves on the day and dropped her record to 5-5-2. Her counterpart Hanna Iaizzo raised her record to 8-4-1 on the season.
The Beavers will have a day off on Saturday before taking on future NSIC foe Minot State (6-6-0) in a nonconference bout. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Complex.
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