BEMIDJI, Minn. The Bemidji State University soccer team continues its road swing this weekend as it travels to take on Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers continue conference play on Saturday at noon when they challenge the Golden Bears in St. Paul, Minn. BSU will then travel to Mankato, Minn. to battle the Mavericks at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Golden Bears (0-3-0, 0-1-0 NSIC) seek their first win of the season after falling to Minnesota State 4-1 last Thursday.
The Beavers fell to CSP last season by a score of 2-1.
BSU is 1-6-1 against Minnesota State all-time with its lone win coming in 2010. Last season, the Beavers battled the Mavericks to a 0-0 tie during the regular season before falling to them 1-0 in the first round of NSIC/US Bank Tournament play.
MSU was tabbed as the favorite to win the league in the NSIC Preseason Soccer Coaches’ Poll and is coming into the weekend with a 3-1-1 overall record and a 1-0-0 mark in NSIC play after its recent 4-1 win over Concordia-St. Paul.
Last weekend BSU won its NSIC-opener 1-0 over University of Minnesota, Crookston after falling to NCAA Division I North Dakota State 2-1 in double overtime.
Off to a 3-1-0 overall record and a 1-0-0 mark in NSIC play, Bemidji State earned a tie for 8th in the first edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Central Region Poll. Minnesota State earned the third spot in the same poll.
Two weeks into 2012, BSU is lead in scoring by Tiffany VanHaaften (Jr., M, Chaska, Minn.) and Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.), who each have two goals. VanHaaften leads all players with six points (2G, 2A). Sonja Barr (So., GK, Duluth, Minn.), who has started all four games, has made 10 saves and has one shutout this season. She has also posted a 0.40 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
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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 hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).