Bemidji State Soccer returns home for Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State

Bemidji State Soccer returns home for Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Bemidji State Soccer returns home for Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Soccer team brings its program-best No. 7 national ranking back to Chet Anderson Stadium this weekend and looks to stretch its winning streak beyond eight matches. The Beavers open the weekend at 3 p.m. Friday when they host University of Sioux Falls (3-5-0; 2-3-0 NSIC) and wrap it up with a 1 p.m. matinee versus Southwest Minnesota State University (2-5-0; 2-3-0 NSIC) Sunday.

The Beavers welcome the Cougars and Mustangs to Chet Anderson Stadium this weekend—a place the Beavers have not lost since Oct. 2, 2016. BSU is 15-0-2 in its last 17 home matches.

The Beavers open the week holding down a program-best No. 7 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and are No. 1 in the Central Region for the first time in program history.

Last week BSU pushed its record to 8-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in league play as it went 2-0-0 in NSIC play. The Beavers earned a 5-1 victory at Upper Iowa University, behind two-goal efforts from reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Ally Smith and Rachael Norton. BSU also picked up a 2-0 victory at Winona State University where Anna Fobbe turned aside six shots for her third shut out of 2018.

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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