|November 02, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|BSU||58:12||Nelson, Dani (Norton, Rachael , Ertl, Bayley)|
|BSU||64:51||Norton, Rachael (Stram, Sarah )|
|Stats at a Glance||SCSU||BSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (10)||17 (8)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Trailing 1-0 after 45 minutes of play, the Bemidji State University soccer team used three goals in the first 19 minutes of the second half to punch its ticket to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament semifinal round. The Beavers defeated St. Cloud State University, 3-1.
Bemidji State controlled play out of the gates, and despite a couple of near misses, the Huskies' defense kept the Beavers at bay.
As the half neared its end, Monica Majeski netted a goal to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute pushing the ball past Catherine Arneson following a corner kick and scrum in front to the net.
Down 1-0 to open the second half, Dani Nelson got the Beavers going in the 59th minute. She neatly placed the ball into the upper left corner for her third goal in the Beavers' last four matches when Rachael Norton found her with a pass. Less than four minutes later Sarah Stram picked the pocket of a SCSU player and dribbled the ball down the field by herself, beating the SCSU goalkeeper, Julia Clifford in the 63rd minute for her fifth goal of 2016. Stram again figured in on the scoring in the 65th minute finding Norton with a crossing pass. Despite getting a hand on the ball, Clifford could not stop it and Norton's attempt trickled across the line for her career-high eighth goal.
Arneson finished the night making nine saves on 10 shots faced and picked up her eighth win of the season. She improves to 8-1-1.
With the win, the Beavers matched the 2010 team (14-4-1) for the program's record for wins with 14.
BSU, now 14-4-1 on the season, advances out of the first round of the NSIC Tournament for the third time under Head Coach Jim Stone and will battle Minnesota State University, Mankato in the at noon Friday at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, N.D. The winner moves on to face the winner of the Minot State University/Augustana University semifinal for the NSIC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Bemidji State is 4-11-2 all time and look for a spot in the league's championship game for the first time in program history.
The Beavers are 2-11-1 all-time versus Minnesota State, including a 3-1 victory over MSU this season; BSU has never played the Mavericks at a neutral site.