Bemidji, Minn. - In a game honoring the BSU women’s soccer seniors, it was a freshman that would send the Bemidji State University soccer team home with a win. Mari Wallestad (Fr., D, Lino Lakes, Minn.) netted her first career goal in the 18th minute, and the stingy Beaver defense would shut down Southwest Minnesota State University Sunday afternoon.
Wallstad’s goal would come off of a corner kick give-and-go play by seniors Bri Scanlan (F/M., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Kari McAllen (M., Fargo, N.D.). Scanlan crossed the ball over the middle and Wallstad headed it into the back of the net. Both Scanlan and McAllen would get an assist on the goal.
Abby Kjonaas (Sr., GK, Fargo, N.D.) would get her second consecutive shutout after a 0-0 tie that forced her to make 19 saves yesterday. Kjonaas was not tested nearly as much today, only needing to make four saves in the game, three of them in the second half.
Kjonaas’ record on the season is now 6-5-3 with seven shutouts. Her seven shutouts tie Kari Torgerson for the most shutouts in a season. Torgerson set that record in 2004.
The game was very physical with the two teams combining for 19 fouls and five yellow cards, but they would maintain composure and saw no ejections.
It was the last career home game for nine seniors. Kjonaas, Scanlan, McAllen, Kirsten Erickson (F, Coon Rapids), Kathryn Bjorge (D, Prior Lake, Minn.), Brianna Duff (D, Ramsey, Minn.), Analey Skog (F, St. Francis, Minn.), Bethany Fluto (F, Bemidji, Minn.) and Kelly Pointon (D, Woodbury, Minn.). The senior class has accumulated a record of 45-24-7 since stepping on campus as freshmen in the fall of 2008.
The Beavers win secures their ticket to the NSIC/US Bank Women’s Soccer Tournament starting on Wednesday. The tournament bracket will be released later this evening.