Bemidji State heads to North Dakota to battle Minot State and U-Mary
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Bemidji State heads to North Dakota to battle Minot State and U-Mary

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team is back on the road this weekend for a couple of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) battles, taking on Minot State University Saturday, at Herb Parker Stadium, in Minot, N.D. at 11 a.m. and the University of Mary at 2 p.m. at the Dacotah Centennial Field in Mandan, N.D.

The NSIC road trip marks the Beavers’ twelfth and thirteenth consecutive games versus league competition.  The Beavers, now 9-4-1 overall and 7-3-1 in NSIC play, sit in fifth place in the conference standings.

Minot State (10-3-1, 8-3-0 NSIC) swept its weekend series last weekend and is currently on a four game winning streak. The Beavers defeated Wayne State, 1-0 and Augustana 1-0. MSU currently sits in fourth place in NSIC standings and is led by Zoe Fisher (8g, 3a).

This is the first season that Minot State is part of the NSIC but MSU is no stranger to Bemidji State. BSU has played the Beavers three times, once in 2010, and twice in 2011 and has been victorious in all three games.

University of Mary (6-7-0, 6-5-0 NSIC) swept its weekend series last weekend defeating Augustana, 1-0 and Wayne State, 4-1. The Marauders currently sit in a tie for sixth place in NSIC standings and are led by Michelle Jones (5g, 4a).

The Beavers have a series record of 3-11-1 versus U-Mary after battling the Marauders to 2-2 tie in 2011.

Last weekend Bemidji State snapped a six-game winning streak, falling to both Upper Iowa (11-2-1, 8-2-1 NSIC) and Winona State (11-3-0, 10-1-0 NSIC). BSU fell to UIU 1-0 and WSU 2-0.

The Beavers struggled offensively and it was the first weekend Bemidji State has been shut out in both games this season. It was also the first time BSU has lost two consecutive conference games in the same weekend since 2009.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sonja Barr (So., GK, Duluth, Minn.) posted 16 saves over the weekend and matched her career-high 10 saves in the game against Winona State. She is now 7-2-1 on the season.

In the NSIC standings, Barr is now second in saves in conference games with 68.

Both Barr and Brittany Tietz (Fr., Aberdeen, S.D.) have combined for 97 saves so far this season giving BSU a second place spot in saves in overall games. 

Offensively Bemidji State is led by Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.). O’Brien has seven goals and five assists on the season.

The Beavers earned the ninth place spot in this week’s edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Central Region Poll. This is the fifth time Bemidji State has been placed in the poll earning No. 8 three times before and No.9 once before. Minot State earned the sixth spot in the same poll.

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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).