|September 14, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|MT||44:31||Kathryn Fife (Madeline Faust )|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MT|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (6)||12 (8)|
HOUGHTON, Mich. (Sherman Field) – Sarah Stram (F, Fr., Elk Grove Village, Ill.) scored her team-leading second goal of the season, while Tiffany VanHaaften (M, Sr., Chaska, Minn.) made good on a first-half penalty kick to lift the Bemidji State University soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Michigan Technological University Saturday at Sherman Field in Houghton, Mich. The nonconference victory pushed the Beavers’ 2013 record to 3-0-0, marking just the third time in program history the team has opened a season with at least three consecutive victories.
The Beavers and Huskies traded blows during the opening minutes of the match, but a break in the 19th minute would swing momentum in BSU’s favor. Stram took possession of the ball deep in BSU’s offensive zone and unleashed a shot from just inside the end line that was deflected in front of the net and went in. Her second collegiate goal put BSU up 1-0.
Less than six minutes later, the Beavers would again take advantage of a MTU miscue. VanHaaften was awarded a penalty kick and found the back of the net, in the 25th minute of play, for the first goal of her senior campaign.
Bemidji State would retain its two-goal lead into the final minute of the first half, but when Madeline Faust found Katherine Fife with a pass just inside the 18-yard box, Fife placed the ball past the BSU goalkeeper Amanda Garvin (Fr., Claremont, Calif.) and just inside the left post for her second goal of the season.
The goal was not only the first allowed by Garvin this season, it also snapped a BSU goalkeepers’ shutout streak of 380:05, which spans four games and into the final game of the 2012 season.
The score remained locked 2-1 though the second half and the Beavers prevailed.
Each team managed to take 12 shots in the match, with the Huskies holding a slight lead in shots on goal, 8-6.
Garvin made seven saves and allowed just one goal to gain the win and improve to 2-0-0 on the season.
The Beavers continue their swing through the upper peninsula of Michigan tomorrow when they travel to Marquette, Mich. to face Northern Michigan University (0-4-0). The match is set for an 11 a.m. opening kick.
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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).