BEMIDJI, Minn. --The Bemidji State University soccer team is back on the road this weekend as it travels to take on University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University. The Beavers continue conference play on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they challenge the Cougars in Sioux Falls, S.D. before traveling to Marshall, Minn. to battle the Mustangs at 1 p.m. Sunday.
USF (0-8-0, 0-5-0 NSIC) seek their first win of the season after falling to St. Cloud State University, 2-0, and University of Minnesota Duluth, 6-0, last weekend.
This weekend marks the Beavers' first meeting with first-year NSIC member Cougars.
Southwest Minnesota State (4-3-0, 2-3-0 NSIC) is coming off a 1-1 weekend after losing to UMD 1-0 and edging St. Cloud 1-0. The Mustangs are led by freshman Kendahl Fisher (4g, 1a).
BSU is 4-10-3 versus SMSU all-time and has never beaten them while on the road. Last season, the Beavers defeated the Mustangs 1-0 at the BSU Soccer Complex.
Last weekend the Beavers swept its weekend series beating Wayne State College (1-7-0,1-4-0 NSIC) 4-0 Saturday afternoon and gaining the victory Sunday 2-1 over Augustana College (4-3-1, 3-1-1 NSIC).
Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.) had a break out weekend for the Beavers scoring three goals and adding three assists. O'Brien had a hand in every goal that was scored in the series finishing the weekend with nine points and was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Offensive Player of the Week and Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
Junior Jessie Voeller (F, White Bear Lake, Minn.) posted two goals, including the game winner on Sunday against Augustana. Freshman Megan Castro (M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored her first collegiate goal on Saturday against Wayne State and freshman Hillary Arechigo (F, Monticello, Minn.) earned her first collegiate point as she assisted on Castro’s goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sonja Barr (So., GK, Duluth, Minn.) posted 11 saves over the weekend and earned her second shutout of the season. Barr also recorded an assist, earning her first collegiate career point.
BSU is now 5-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in NSIC play and currently sits in fourth place in the NSIC standings. The Beavers also earned the 8th place spot in this week’s edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Central Region Poll. This is the second time Bemidji State has been placed in the poll also earning the 8th place spot in the first week’s edition.
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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).