No. 12 Bemidji State prepares for first NSIC road contests of 2018

No. 12 Bemidji State prepares for first NSIC road contests of 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
No. 12 Bemidji State prepares for first NSIC road contests of 2018

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Soccer team makes its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road trip of 2018 this weekend when it travels to Fayette, Iowa for a 2 p.m. Friday afternoon match with Upper Iowa University (1-5-0; 0-3-0 NSIC) and to Winona, Minn. for a 1 p.m. matinee versus Winona State University (1-3-0; 1-2-0 NSIC) Sunday.

BSU is 8-0-2 in its last 10 regular-season NSIC road contests.

The Beavers open the week holding down a program-best No. 12 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and are No. 2 in the Central Region.

Last week BSU pushed its record to 6-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in league play as it went 2-0-0 in NSIC play. The Beavers earned a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud State University, behind a two-goal effort from reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Rachael Norton, and a 2-1 win over Minnesota Duluth, in which Tia Neuharth matched a career-high three points with the game-winning goal and an assist.

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).