Unbeaten Bemidji State Soccer returns home for two NSIC matches

Unbeaten Bemidji State Soccer returns home for two NSIC matches
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Unbeaten Bemidji State Soccer returns home for two NSIC matches

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Soccer team returns to Chet Anderson Stadium with a program-best 12-match winning streak this weekend as it hosts Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match ups. The Beavers open the weekend at 3 p.m. Friday versus the Golden Bears (7-1-3; 4-1-3 NSIC) and wrap it up with a 1 p.m. matinee versus the No. 22 Mavericks (9-1-1; 7-01 NSIC) Sunday.

The Beavers open the weekend of play unbeaten in their last 19 home contests (17-0-2) dating back to Oct. 2, 2016 and are 24-0-4 in their last 26 league matches.

As one of only two undefeated NCAA Division II teams in the country with 12 wins, the Beavers open the week holding down a program-best No. 5 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and are No. 1 in the Central Region for third straight week.

Last week BSU pushed its record to 12-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 in league play as it went 2-0-0 in NSIC play. The Beavers earned a 3-0 victory at Minot State University behind a shutout from Anna Fobbe and saw a three-goal second half propel the team to a 3-1 victory at U-Mary Sunday.

With 13 goals, BSU’s all-time scoring leader Rachael Norton leads the NSIC and ranks fourth in the nation in goal scoring, while her 2.58 points per game ranks seventh.

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.