Bemidji State wraps up 2018 regular season with NSIC title in sight

Bemidji State wraps up 2018 regular season with NSIC title in sight
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Bemidji State wraps up 2018 regular season with NSIC title in sight

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The No. 8 Bemidji State University Soccer Team will put the wraps on the 2018 regular season this weekend hosting Minnesota State University Moorhead (3-12-0, 3-10-0 NSIC) at 4 p.m. Friday before making a road trip to Aberdeen, S.D. to battle Northern State University (8-7-1; 6-6-1 NSIC) in the regular-season finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. At 15-0-1 overall and 12-0-1 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, the Beavers can clinch at least a share of its first regular-season NSIC title with a victory Friday.

The Beavers open the weekend of play riding a 16-match unbeaten streak (15-0-1), they are unbeaten in their last 32 NSIC matches (27-0-5), have a string of 21 consecutive matches where they have not been beaten, and carry an NSIC regular-season a 17-match road winning streak dating back to a 2-1 loss at Augustana Oct. 2016.

As one of only six undefeated NCAA Division II teams in the country, the Beavers open the week holding down a spot in the United Soccer Coaches national for the seventh consecutive week. This week BSU sits at No. 8, while they are No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Central Regional poll.

Last week BSU pushed its record to 15-0-1 overall and 12-0-1 in league play as it went 1-0-1 versus NSIC competition. The Beavers earned a 3-0 victory at Wayne State College behind a five-point afternoon from the league’s top scorer, Rachael Norton. For the second time in three matches, BSU was pushed to overtime Sunday and earned a 0-0 draw at Augustana. Goalkeeper Anna Fobbe recorded her program single-season-best ninth shutout of the season in the match.

With 16 goals, BSU’s all-time scoring leader Rachael Norton leads the NSIC and ranks sixth in the nation in goal scoring, while her 2.44 points per game ranks 14th.

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 returned a roster of 19 including seniors Rachael Norton (16 GP, 16G, 7A, 3GWG, 39 pts), the 2017 NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and all-region selection, and Anna Fobbe, a goalkeeper with a with a career 36-10-3 record to go with 20 shutouts. In addition, reigning NSIC Freshman of the Year, Allyson Smith (10 GP, 6 G, 5 A, 17 pts, 4 GWG) and all-region midfielder Nelson (14 GP, 5G, 4A, 14 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).