BEMIDJI, Minn. – Jim Stone, Head Coach of the Bemidji State University soccer program, has announced a pair of commitments to play for the Beavers in 2020. Makenzy Dupree, a midfielder hailing from Naples, Fla., and forward Mason Schilling, of Venice, Fla., bring the Beavers’ 2020 incoming class to nine.
Dupree and Schilling join Anna Breffle (Andover, Minn.), Marie Brookins (Blaine, Minn.), Asia Buryska (Owatonna, Minn.), Madisanne Dahl (Waddell, Ariz.), Lauren Hodney (Moorhead, Minn.), Amanda Lavigne (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Calyn Schanzenback (Prior Lake, Minn.) each signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer for the Beavers Wednesday.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“These players cap our 2020 class extremely well and complete our team very nicely,” commented Stone. “They add the finishing touches to a strong nucleus that we believe can be nationally competitive.” He added, “We are excited for our future and the 2020 class plays into that excitement.”
- Makenzy Dupree (Midfielder; Naples, Fla. / North Fort Myers High School / Miami Springs)
Dupree comes to Bemidji State after a successful prep career at North Fort Myers High School and Southwest Florida Christian Academy… A four-year letter winner, she earned her last two varsity letters from North Fort Myers High School… During her four-year high school career, she accumulated 104 goals… She was a player of the year nominee and earned MaxPreps Player of the Week award… North Fort Myers is currently 9-1-1 and Dupree is third on the team with nine goals and has a team-best 16 assists for 34 points… She has also been active in the Miami Springs Soccer Club and previously was a teammate of Schilling on the West Florida Flames… In addition, she was chosen to play on the Global Premier Soccer team that completed in the Surf Cup.
Stone’s comments on Dupree: “Mak has a great love for our game. She eats, drinks and sleeps soccer and it shows. She has incredible touch and a great understanding of the game. She can control the tempo of a game by speeding it up or slowing it down according to the needs of the game. She has the tools to build our attack through dribbling, passing and shooting from distance and she has the smarts and grit to sit in to defend if needed. She’s a great player who has also played at the ECNL level. Mak is kind person and I’m confident she’ll make us a better team both on and off the field. We’re excited to welcome her in.”
Personal: Makenzy Dupree is the daughter of Jeffry and Amy Dupree.
- Mason Schilling (Forward; Venice, Fla. / Venice High School / Tampa Bay United)
Schilling comes to BSU after earning eight letters as a two-sport athlete at Venice High School… She is a three-time captain and currently leads the Indians’ girls soccer team with 16 goals and nine assists this season as the team is 10-3-2 overall and is ranked fifth in the state of Florida and 12th in the nation… A year ago, she was the VHS’s scoring leader, earned a spot on the all-area team and was voted as the Indians’ Most Valuable Player… As a varsity player, she has 66 goals, 30 assists and counting… Schilling is also a standout for the Venice High School track and field team… A three-time state track meet participant, she has finished as high and ninth place… She is a county champion in the open 800-meter run and a two-time district champion as a member of the VHS 4x800-meter relay team… She has been a part of Venice High School record performances in the 4x200-meter relay, the 4x800-meter relay and the 4x1,600-meter relay… She has also been active in the Tampa Bay United Rowdies Club team as was previously a teammate of Dupree as a member of the West Florida Flames, where she was second on the team in scoring.
Stone’s comments on Schilling: “We feel very blessed to be adding a player of Mason’s caliber into our program. She has played at the very highest level with DA and ECNL teams, and has made an impact in those environments. Mason can influence a game in so many ways. She can impact it on the ball with her passing and dribbling ability, off the ball with timely runs and immense defensive pressure and she knows how to score goals. She is a complete forward who I think can make an immediate impact on the field for us. She is a special player. Most importantly she is a person of character who will be a great teammate and a positive influence on our campus and in our great community of Bemidji.”
Personal: Mason Schilling is the daughter of Lance and Anne Schilling.
Bemidji State finished the 2019 season 12-6-1 overall and placed fourth in the NSIC with an 11-3-1 mark in league play. Following the season, five players were selected for All-NSIC honors, including All-NSIC First Team defender Tia Neuharth and midfielder Melanie Peltier. In addition, senior Emily Kos earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team and Neuharth was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Third Team.
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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).