Bemidji State to face Upper Iowa in quarterfinal round
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Bemidji State to face Upper Iowa in quarterfinal round

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team will face Upper Iowa University in the quarterfinal round of the NSIC/US Bank Tournament Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pattison Field in Fayette, Iowa. The winner will advance to the semifinal round hosted by the highest remaining team and will play with winner of the St. Cloud State Universrity/Winona State University match up Friday at noon, with the championship set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The winner of the 2012 NSIC/US Bank Women’s Soccer Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament set for Nov. 9-11.

BSU concluded the regular season with a 2-1 win over St. Cloud State Friday and a 1-1 draw with University of Minnesota Duluth Sunday. The Beavers finished the regular season with 26 points in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings which was good enough for a sixth place finish.

Bemidji State takes a record of 10-6-2 overall and 8-5-2 in conference play into postseason competition. 

The Beavers make their fourth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament.  

Upper Iowa ended the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Concordia St. Paul and a 1-1 draw with regular season league champion Minnesota State University Mankato. UIU finished in third place with 35 points and a final record of 14-2-2 overall and 11-2-2 in conference play.

Bemidji State is 5-4 versus Upper Iowa all-time and this is the first time the two teams will meet in postseason play. The Beavers fell 1-0 to UIU in the previous meeting between the two teams on Oct. 13 at the BSU Soccer Complex.

Sonja Barr finished fourth in the conference for save percentage with .868 and second in saves (105).  She also has four shutouts on the season. Barr brings an 8-3-2 record and a 1.06 goals against average into postseason play.  

Both Barr and freshman goaltender Brittany Tietz (Fr., Aberdeen, S.D.) combined for 113 saves this season giving BSU a first place spot in the conference standings. 

Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.) led the team offensively with ten goals and four assists.  She ranked second among conference players in goals (10) and tied for third in points (24).

O’Brien was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week once this season, and was the first Bemidji State player to be selected for the award since the league recognized Ashlee Ellefsen on Sept. 7 of the 2010 season.

O’Brien now has thirteen goals in her overall career thus far, moving her into first all-time for goals among active players and seventh all-time in goals in the BSU record books. 

Since taking over the program in the fall of 2002, head coach Jim Stone’s teams have made the eight-team NSIC tournament in eight of 11 seasons.  

Stone-coached teams at BSU are 3-7-2 all-time in postseason play with each of the ties decided by a shootout.

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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).

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