|September 30, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
SW Minnesota State
|BSU||14:09||Smith, Allyson (Norton, Rachael , Mattson, Alanna)|
|BSU||51:45||Norton, Rachael (Wendt, Sara , Nelson, Dani)|
|BSU||61:31||Becker, Erin (Norton, Rachael , Wendt, Sara)|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (3)||22 (9)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Senior Rachael Norton scored two goals and added two assists to lead the No. 7 Bemidji State Soccer Team to a 4-0 NSIC victory over Southwest Minnesota State University Sunday at Chet Anderson Stadium. The victory extended the Beavers' program-best winning streak to 10 matches.
In the match, Norton not only had a hand in each of BSU's four goals lead the Beavers in scoring, she equaled a BSU career goal scoring record (Ashlee Ellefsen) with her 40th and became just the second BSU player to surpass the 100-point plateau. In 67 games as a Beaver Norton has 40 goals and 21 career assists for 101 points. She sits just three points behind BSU all-time scoring leader Ashlee Ellefsen who logged 40 goals and 24 assists for 104 points from 2007-10.
Sophomore Ally Smith vaulted BSU into the lead in the 15th minute. After Norton split the Mustangs' back line with a pass, Smith dribbled around a third SMSU defender and slipped a shot off her right foot and inside the left post for her sixth goal of the season. Fellow sophomore Alanna Mattson was also credited with an assist on the play, while Norton collected the first of her six-point afternoon.
Norton netted her 10th goal of the season in the 35th minute on a tremendous individual effort. She stole got the ball on her foot in front of the BSU bench and dribbled by five Mustangs over the next 70 yards before taking a shot and depositing her own rebound to put BSU up 2-0.
Holding a two-goal lead to open the second half, Norton took a Sara Wendt and Dani Nelson, dribbled in from the top of the box and beat the goalkeeper for her second goal of the day at 52nd minute.
BSU continued to apply pressure through the second half and Erin Becker came off the bench to recorded her first collegiate goal in the 62nd minute to cap BSU's offensive attack. Norton and Wendt were credited with assists on the play.
The Beavers finished the day with a 22-6 edge in shots and a 9-3 edge in shots on goal.
Anna Fobbe scooped up three saves in the match to post her fifth clean sheet of the season while improving to 10-0-0 in 2018.
Bemidji State, now 10-0-0 this season and 7-0-0 in NSIC play, travel to Minot State University Friday for a 7 p.m. affair and the University of Mary Sunday for a 1 p.m. opening kick.
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).