BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer team is extending an invitation to the general public and soccer fans from around the area to join the team as it makes final preparations for a preseason trip to Costa Rica, Thursday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the BSU Soccer Field.
Bemidji State is in the midst of a five-day training camp to prepare for the international trip and is capping the camp with a fundraiser send off. Members of the team and coaching staff will be on hand challenging those in attendance to a variety of unique contests and skills challenges and will be available for autographs and photos. In addition, the team will be serving hot dogs, pop/water and chips for $1 each.
The team embarks on its trip Tuesday and will return Aug. 14. While in Costa Rica, Head Coach Jim Stone and 18 members of his team will work with impoverished children, train for the 2013 season and play three games, one of which may be versus the Costa Rican National Team, in addition to sight seeing and exploring.
Check BSUBeavers.com for updates from the team as they travel.
The Beavers officially open their 2013 campaign Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. when they hosts Missouri Western State University for a nonconference affair. The match opens BSU’s 18-game regular-season slate and is slated to be the first soccer game ever played at BSU’s Chet Anderson Stadium, which is currently undergoing a surface renovation to install field turf.
Bemidji State completed the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2, while it finished sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 8-5-2 mark in league play.
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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).