BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team is on the road this weekend as it plays its final pre-NSIC tune up along with its first conference game of the season. The Beavers begin their longest road swing of the season when they head to Fargo, N.D. to take on NCAA Division l North Dakota State University on Friday at 4 p.m. BSU will then travel to Crookston, Minn. to begin conference play against University of Minnesota, Crookston Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Beavers have not faced NDSU since 2007 and are 0-0-5 against the Bison. NDSU (1-4-0) will play at home for the first time this season while ending their five game road swing. Last weekend the Bison fell 2-1 in overtime to Drake University on Sept. 2.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles (0-3-0) seek their first win of the season after being shut out by Minnesota State University Moorhead on Wednesday. BSU has an all time record of 16-5-1 against UMC and has not lost to them since 2002.
BSU (2-0-0) is coming off a successful weekend after winning their first two games of the season. The Beavers picked up their first win on Saturday when they defeated Northern Michigan 1-0. Sophomore Maria McLeod (F, White Bear Lake, Minn.) scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from Emily Olson (Fr., M, Stillwater, Minn.), who picked up her first collegiate point. Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.) was also credited with an assist on the play. Goalkeeper Sonja Barr (So., GK, Duluth, Minn.) collected four saves to earn her first shutout of the year.
In a hard fought match on Sunday Bemidji State gained a 3-2 overtime win over Michigan Tech. Junior Jessie Voeller (Jr., F, White Bear Lake, Minn.) gave the Beavers an early 1-0 lead but BSU found themselves down 2-1 in the second half. O’Brien would score her first goal of the season to get BSU to overtime while junior Tiffany Vanhaaften (M, Chaska, Minn.) got the game-winner. Megan Castro (Fr., M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) was credited with the assist and picked up her first collegiate point. Brittany Tietz (Fr., GK, Aberdeen, S.D.) earned the victory in her collegiate debut, posting five saves in 49:25 of relief for Barr. After the weekend, Voeller leads BSU with four points (1G, 2A).
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs holdmembership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).