No. 22 Bemidji State opens home slate with Minensota Crookston and Michigan Tech

No. 22 Bemidji State opens home slate with Minensota Crookston and Michigan Tech
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
No. 22 Bemidji State opens home slate with Minensota Crookston and Michigan Tech

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Soccer team lifts the lid on its 2018 home season with a pair of match ups at Chet Anderson Stadium this week. The Beavers get Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play underway Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. match versus the University of Minnesota Crookston (0-3-0) and return to the Chet at 3 p.m. Friday for a non-conference matinee with Michigan Tech (1-0-1).

The Beavers open the week holding down the No. 22 spot in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and are No. 3 in the Central Region.

Last week BSU earned a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma Baptist University in Minot, N.D. to open the 2018 season. The Beavers and Bison were locked in a scoreless tie until Dani Nelson made good on a free kick from 28 yards out in the 89th minute of play. Anna Fobbe turned aside three shots to collect her first win of the season by way of a shut out.

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 Nelson (19 GP, 6G, 4A, 16 pts) are back for 2018, while eight of the team’s top 10 scoring threats are back.

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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).