BSU falls to Minnesota State in NSIC/US Bank Tournament
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
BSU falls to Minnesota State in NSIC/US Bank Tournament
MANKATO, Minn. (The Pitch at Gage Towers) -- The Bemidji State University soccer team saw its 2011 postseason run cut short Wednesday as Minnesota State University, Mankato ousted the Beavers from the single-elimination Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)/US Bank Soccer Tournament 1-0 at The Pitch at Gage Towers in Mankato, Minn.

Just as in the 0-0 double-overtime tie between the teams five days ago (Oct. 29), the seventh-seeded Beavers struggled to generate offensive opportunities as the team was out shot 20-5 in the game, but senior goaltender Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) kept BSU in the game turning away 14 of 15 MSU shots on goal.

The second-seeded Mavericks got the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute of play. Lauren Somers connected out of a scrum in front of the net shortly after one of MSU’s five corner kicks.  

Senior Kirsten Erickson (F, Coon Rapids, Minn.) led the Beavers offensively registering both of BSU’s shots on net.

The 1-0 loss marked the 11th one-goal match the Beavers have been involved in this season, which includes four 1-0 losses.
The Beavers are now 3-7-2 in NSIC Tournament games under head coach Jim Stone making the postseason event in eight of his 10 seasons at the helm of the program.

The match marked the end of the collegiate playing careers of nine BSU players. The senior class of Kjonaas, Erickson, Bri Scanlan (F, East Grand Forks, Minn.), Kari McAllen (M, Fargo, N.D.), 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.) has accumulated a record of 45-25-7 since stepping on campus as freshmen in the fall of 2008.

Bemidji State closed 2011 campaign with an overall record of 8-8-3, while it finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 6-4-2 mark in league play.