MANKATO, Minn. (The Pitch) -- The Bemidji State University soccer team played with the nation's top team Minnesota State University, Mankato for 90 minutes, but was unable to find the back of the net and dropped the US Bank / NSIC Tournament quarterfinal match up, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon in Mankato, Minn.
When MSU's Emily Morris found Korey Kronforst in the ninth minute of play, the Beavers found themselves trailing by a goal early. Out shot 23-3 overall with an 8-0 shots on goal margin, BSU was unable to generate enough offensive pressure to find the equalizer.
Senior Sonja Barr stopped 7-of-8 shots on goal, but was tagged with the loss allowing the Mavericks game-winner. She moves to 8-8-0 on the season.
The Mavericks end the Beavers' 2014 season at 9-9-1 overall and 8-6-1 in NSIC play.
Bemidji State soccer notes:
- The US Bank / NSIC Tournament appearance marked the sixth straight season BSU has qualified for the postseason.
- Bemidji State is 1-10-1 all-time in 12 previous meetings versus the Mavericks, which includes a 1-0 loss in the 2011 NSIC Tournament quarterfinal meeting in Mankato, Minn.
- Since taking over the BSU soccer program in the fall of 2002, Head Coach Jim Stone’s teams have made the eight-team NSIC tournament in 10 of 13 seasons.
- Stone-coached teams at BSU are 3-10-2 all-time in postseason play with each of the ties decided by a shootout.
- With nine wins in 2014, the Beavers match the 2007 team for ninth on the program’s single-season wins list.
- The team’s 33 goals place the 2014 squad in a tie for seventh in program history along with the 1999 and 2013 teams.
- The team’s five shutouts match the 2012 team for ninth at BSU all time.
- Sarah Stram finished the season with 12 goals to established a new career-high for the sophomore, who led the team with seven a year ago.
- Stram ties Kelly Hyvare (2006) and Ashlee Ellefsen (2008) for fourth on BSU's single-season goal scoring list.
- Stram’s 19 career goals placer her in sole possession of eighth place on BSU’s career goal scoring list.
- Bemidji State was a perfect 9-0-0 in 2014 when Stram netted a goal.
- Stram's 30 points rank as the fifth-best single-game total in program history.
- BSU finished the season with five players earning All-NSIC recognition.
- Two years into her collegiate career, Stram has seven career game-winners and is tied with Katie Meinhardt for fourth on BSU's all-time game-winners list.
- Stram ties Kirsten Erickson (2011), Ashley Ellefsen (2009) and Jamie Ford (2008) and Kelly Hyvare (2006) as the only BSU players to ever record five game-winners in single season. No play has ever logged more.
- Raquel Thelen led the team with seven assists. That ties the freshman with four others for third on BSU’s single-season assists list.
- Sonja Barr finished her career among the best goalkeepers in BSU history. She is second in shutouts (16), fourth in saves (307), third in goals against average (.976), third in save percentage (.860), third in minutes played (4,609), third in matches played (61) and third in wins (27).
- Bar posted three of the top seven single-season goal’s against average marks, including a 1.00 in 2014 that ranked sixth all time.
- BSU was unbeaten from Oct. 5-31--marking the team’s longest streak in program history—seven matches (6-0-1).
- The Beavers were 5-3-0 at home in 2014.