|October 22, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
SW Minnesota State
|SMSU||49:26||Huddleston, Emily (Giddings, Brenna )|
|BSU||59:59||Nelson, Dani (Thelen, Raquel )|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||13 (9)||27 (9)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Rachael Norton and Dani Nelson scored goals and goalkeeper Catherine Arneson made eight saves to lead the Bemidji State University soccer team to a 2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday.
The win helped the Beavers claim their 11th victory of the season(11-4), ninth in NSIC play (9-3), and cling to the third spot in the league standings. With just three NSIC matches left this season, BSU is closing in on hosting one of four first round matches of the NSIC Playoffs, Nov. 2.
Norton got the Beavers on the board midway through the first half (23:42). The sophomore pressed the Mustangs' defender just outside the box and forced a turnover. She picked up the loose ball and placed it into the back of the net for her sixth goal of 2016.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, SMSU responded early in the second half. Emily Huddleston drilled a shot over the outstretched hands of BSU's Arneson to tie the match, 1-1, in the 50th minute.
In the 60th minute, the Beavers took the lead for good on a shot from Nelson. Raquel Thelen found Nelson in the middle of the field, and after gaining control of the ball, the sophomore drilled her first goal of 2016 from outside the 18-yard box. Sarah Stram was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Beavers, now 11-4 overall and 9-3 in NSIC play, return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday to host the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to the game, BSU will honor its four seniors: Sarah Stram, Bayley Ertl, Christine Szurek and Claire White.
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).