BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson) -- Deadlocked at 0-0 for 110 minutes, it took a shootout to decide the winner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinal match up Wednesday at Chet Anderson Stadium. In the end the University of Mary outlasted Bemidji State University in the ninth round of penalty kicks and will advance to the tournament semifinals.
In the ninth round of the shout out, with the team’s tied 8-8 and BSU with the ball and a chance to win, U Mary goalkeeper Madisyn Waltman made the stop to send the eighth-seeded Marauders on to Mankato, Minn. and the semifinal round.
U Mary will now meet fourth-seeded Minot State University at 2 p.m. Friday for the right to move on to the NSIC Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The other semifinal match up will feature Minnesota State University, Mankato and Augustana University.
The Marauders used the wind during the first half to out shoot BSU 7-5 and hold the Beavers to just three shots on goal. During the second half BSU controlled play, out shooting UM 9-3 but were unable to get any significant clear lanes to the goal setting the teams up for overtime.
During the first 10-minute overtime period, BSU again pressed and held possession of the ball for the bulk of the frame, but again Waltman made stops on both of BSU’s shots on net.
Fobbe stopped all five shots she faced during 110 minutes of play to extend her single-season shutout record to 11, while she has not allowed a goal in her last 484:15 in goal to rank and the third-longest shutout streak in BSU soccer history. She is 17-0-2 on the season.
The No. 4 Beavers remain unbeaten at 17-0-2 overall and if they are to continue their 2018 campaign, they will have to wait an see if they have done enough to earn fan at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the season, the top eight teams from each region advance to the regional tournament, which is hosted by the two highest remaining seeds, Nov. 9 and 11.
The NCAA will officially announce advancing teams at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 as a part of its online selection show at NCAA.com.
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).