BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Soccer Head Coach Jim Stone has announced the Beavers’ 2020 schedule, which features 10 regular-season home games, 15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchups and five contests versus 2019 NCAA Tournament teams, including a regular-season opener versus defending national champion Grand Valley State University.
Coming off a season during which it was ranked as high as No. 18 nationally and narrowly missed out on its second straight NSIC regular season title, BSU has established itself as a regional powerhouse. Over the course of the last three seasons, BSU has collected 45 wins, including a 37-3-5 mark in NSIC play (.878), and has an impressive 25-2-2 mark and .897 winning percentage on its own Chet Anderson Stadium turf.
In one of the toughest schedules the Beavers have ever played, BSU will be tested early and often.
After a trio of preseason scrimmages that will begin by hosting St. Catherine University Aug. 22, includes the team’s annual Alumni Game Aug. 23, and will include a trip to the University of St. Thomas Aug. 29, the Beavers officially get the 2020 regular season underway with a trip to Grand Rapids, Mich. to battle Grand Valley State, Sept. 7.
BSU will then return to Bemidji, Minn. to open its home schedule with a pair of non-conference matchups during Parent’s Weekend, Sept. 11 and 13. In their home opener, the Beavers will host Northern Michigan University under the lights of Chet Anderson Stadium before wrapping up the weekend with a matchup against Michigan Technological University, Sept. 13.
The remainder of September will be consumed by the longest road swing of the Beavers’ 2020 season.
The Beavers open the road swing with a trip through the Dakotas and pitting face-to-face with teams that handed BSU all three of its losses in league play. Sept. 18, BSU will travel to Aberdeen, S.D. for the NSIC opener versus Northern State University. Bemidji State will then move to the Minnesota/North Dakota and Moorhead, Minn. to face Minnesota State University Moorhead, Sept. 20. The following weekend BSU will be back on the road to go head-to-head with a pair of 2019 NCAA Tournament teams. Sept. 25 the Beavers will battle 2019 NSIC Tournament champion Minnesota state University, Mankato in Mankato, Minn. before traveling to St. Paul, Minn. for a match up with 2019 NSIC Regular-Season champion Concordia University-St. Paul, Sept. 27.
The Beavers kick off their longest homestand of the season Oct. 2 with an evening contests versus Augustana University, which also advanced to the NCAA Tournament last fall. BSU will then host Wayne State College Oct. 4 in the team’s annual Cheryl Smith Memorial/Cancer Awareness Game. The University of Minnesota Duluth will visit Chet Anderson Stadium Oct. 9 before BSU hosts St. Cloud State University for an afternoon affair to close the homestand, Oct. 11.
BSU returns to the road Oct. 16 for a match versus Winona State University under the lights at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium. The Beavers will then head south of the Minnesota boarder to face Upper Iowa University, Oct. 18, in Fayette, Iowa.
Following a home match versus Southwest Minnesota State University, Oct. 23, the Beavers will celebrate their senior class as they host the University of Sioux Falls for senior day, Oct. 25.
The team will complete play in the month of October with a Friday matinee versus the University of Mary at 3 p.m. Oct. 30.
The last road trip of the 2020 regular season will take place Nov. 1 when BSU travels to Minot, N.D. to battle the Beavers of Minot State University.
BSU completes the regular season slate Nov. 8 when the University of Minnesota Crookston travels east on Highway 2 for a matinee matchup.
The eight-team NSIC Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal round Nov. 11. The four advancing teams will face off for the conference tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament Nov. 13 and 15. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 19.
Stone, who will begin his 19th season at the helm of the BSU soccer program, will return 22 players for the 2020 season. All-NSIC juniors Sarah Wendt and Megan Dahl headline the list, while 2018 all-region selection Allison Smith will return to the lineup after sitting out last fall. The Beaves will also add nine newcomers to the roster.
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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).