Bemidji State soccer heads west for NSIC pair
Friday, September 19, 2014
Bemidji State soccer heads west for NSIC pair

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team is back on the road this weekend traveling to west to North Dakota to battle University of Mary and Minot State University in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The 2-2 Beavers look to build upon their 1-0 start in league play as they continue an eight-game road swing to open the season.

Bemidji State (2-2; 1-0 NSIC) opens the weekend after posting a 2-1 mark on the road last week. After a 3-1 victory at NSIC rival University of Minnesota Crookston, the Beavers dropped a double-overtime match at Missouri Western State University, 1-0, before earning a 2-0 win in its first ever meeting with Northwest Missouri State University, 2-0. BSU 2013 scoring leader, Sarah Stram (F, So., Elk Grove Village, Ill.), led the Beavers netting a pair of goals during the week’s play. She recorded her first goal of the season in the Beavers’ victory over the Golden Eagles and scored the game-winner at Northwest Missouri State. Senior goalkeeper Sonja Barr (Duluth, Minn.) finished the week 1-1-0 with a .923 save percentage and 0.65 goals against average, which included a six-save effort Sunday to post her first shutout of 2014.

Saturday, the Beavers jump back into NSIC play with a trip to Bismarck, N.D. to face U-Mary for an 11 a.m. match.  The Beavers are 4-12-1 versus the Marauders in a series that got its start in 1997. Last year the Beavers handed U-Mary a 5-0 loss at Chet Anderson Stadium (Oct. 26). Stram and Hillary Arechigo (F, Jr., Monticello, Minn.) scored goals in the contest, while defender Abigail Nyquist (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) logged a career-best two assists in the victory.

BSU is 1-7-1 all-time in Bismarck, N.D. winning its last match on the Marauders’ home pitch Oct. 20, 2007, 2-1 (OT).

The Marauders open the weekend of action with a 1-1-2 record and a 0-0-1 mark in NSIC play. U-Mary is coming out of a scoreless tie with Minot State Sept. 15 in Bismarck, N.D.

Andrea Muller and Michelle McGeary each have two goals to pace the Marauder offense, while Loren Sellers has assisted on three of U-Mary’s seven goals this season. In goal, Shelby Buttron has shouldered a majority of the time (220:00) while splitting goalkeeping duties with Kelsey Ekstedt. Buttron has a 0-0-2 record with a 0.82 goals against average and an .818 save percentage.

BSU holds a 4-1-0 mark in the all-time series with Minot State and looks to improve upon its 1-1-0 record in matches played on Minot State’s home turf. Bemidji State needed overtime and a year goal (Oct. 27), but earned a 2-1 victory over their fellow Beavers. Christine Szurek (M, So., Andover, Minn.) scored a goal and Stram added an assist on the game-winner.  BSU’s last win at Minot State was a 2-1, overtime contest Sept. 11, 2011.

The MSU Beavers are 1-1-2 overall and have a 0-0-1 mark in league play despite scoring just two goals this season. They are coming off a 0-0 draw versus U-Mary Sept. 15 and host Minnesota Crookston Friday. Taylor Bachman-Williams and Jamie MacFarlane, who each have a goal, have led Minot State offensively. Gemma Biasetto has played every minute of 2014 posting a 1-1-2 record in goal with a .880 save percentage and a 0.67 goals against average.

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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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