BEMIDJI, Minn. --The Bemidji State University soccer team will play its final weekend of regular season games Oct. 26-28, battling two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) teams. The Beavers host St. Cloud State University Friday at the BSU Soccer Complex before traveling to Duluth, Minn. to take on University of Minnesota Duluth at the James S. Malosky Stadium Sunday. Both matches are set to get underway at 1 p.m.
The Beavers, now 9-6-1 overall and 7-5-1 in NSIC play, are tied for sixth place in conference standings with St. Cloud. The top eight teams make it to the NSIC/US Bank Tournament and this weekend's games will determine the post season playoff field.
St. Cloud State (8-6-2, 7-5-1 NSIC) went undefeated last weekend beating Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2-0 before playing Northern State University to a 1-1 draw. St. Cloud is led by freshman Gabby Fleck (4g, 3a).
BSU has an all time record of 4-6-1 versus the Huskies after defeating St. Cloud 2-0 in 2011.
UMD (7-6-2, 6-5-2 NSIC) swept its weekend series last weekend defeating Northern State 4-2 and MSUM 3-1. The Bulldogs currently sit in ninth place in NSIC standings and are led by sophomore Maureen Stormont (7g, 2a).
Bemidji state has a series record of 2-15-2 with UMD and has not beaten the Bulldogs since 2008 when the Beavers won in overtime by a score of 2-1. The Beavers fell to UMD 4-1 last season.
Last weekend Bemidji State dropped both games, falling to Minot State (12-3-1, 10-3-0 NSIC) 2-1 in overtime and U-Mary (8-7-0, 8-5-0 NSIC) 2-1.
BSU scored first in both games but was unable to hold onto the lead. The back-to-back losses extend BSU's losing skid to four matches, marking the first time Bemidji State dropped four consecutive contests in a season since 2004.
Goalkeepers, Sonja Barr (So., GK, Duluth, Minn.) and Brittany Tietz (Fr., Aberdeen, S.D.) combined for 17 saves over the weekend. Barr matched her career high 10 saves for the second weekend in a row in the game against Minot State while Tietz matched her career high seven saves versus U-Mary.
In the NSIC standings, Barr is now second in saves in conference games with 78.
Both Barr and Tietz have combined for 114 saves so far this season giving BSU a first place spot in saves in overall games.
Jess Voeller (Jr., F, White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.) provided the offense over the weekend as each scored a goal. Voeller netted her fourth goal of the season at Minot State while O’Brien scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season against U-Mary. Megan Castro (M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) earned her eighth point of the year as she was credited with an assist on O’Brien’s goal.
O’Brien is now sits tied for second among the NSIC's top goal scorers.
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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).