Bemidji State opens 2018 season versus Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference match up

Bemidji State opens 2018 season versus Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference match up
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Bemidji State opens 2018 season versus Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference match up

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team officially opens its 2018 season this weekend, hitting the road for a neutral-site, non-conference match up Oklahoma Baptist University. The Beavers travel to Minot, N.D. to face the Bison for the first time in program history. The opening kick is set for noon at Herb Parker Stadium.

BSU is coming off a 2017 campaign during which it compiled an overall record of 15-1-4 and finished second in the NSIC standings owning a 12-0-3 mark in league play. At the conclusion of the regular season, BSU made its ninth consecutive appearance in the NSIC Tournament and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Under Jim Stone, who is in his 17th season at BSU, the beavers return a roster of 19 including seniors Rachael Norton (20 GP, 14G, 10A, 6GWG, 38 pts), the 2017 NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and all-region selection, and Anna Fobbe, a goalkeeper with a with a career 21-10-2 record to go with 11 shutouts. In addition, reigning NSIC Freshman of the Year, Allyson Smith (20 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 27 pts, 3 GWG) and all-region midfielder Dani Nelson (19 GP, 6G, 4A, 16 pts) are back for 2018, while eight of the team’s top 10 scoring threats are back.

Oklahoma Baptist match up information:

  • BSU and Oklahoma Baptist have never met.
  • The Beavers are 9-4-1 in non-conference play since 2015, which includes a 3-1-1 mark a year ago.
  • BSU is 0-0-0 all-time versus teams hailing from the Great American Conference.
  • Thursday’s match will also serve as the 2018 opener for OBU.
  • The Bison 15-2-3 overall last season and won the GAC with a 9-0-3 mark in league play.
  • 2017 OBU Soccer Stats
  • 2017 OBU Soccer Schedule/Results

Bemidji State soccer information:

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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