|April 16, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|BSU||13:30||Cade, Maggie (Wendt, Sara )|
|BSU||58:39||Wendt, Sara (Majewski, Megan )|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||2 (2)||28 (11)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Locked in a 1-1 match after nearly 60 minutes of play, the Bemidji State University soccer team got a tap-in goal from Sara Wendt to pull into the lead late and cruise to its second win of the season.
After a fairly even first half of play, the Beavers dominated the final 35 minutes, out shooting MSU Moorhead 8-0. Despite controlling play, BSU managed only one goal thanks to stellar play from the Dragons' goalkeeper Simone Lewald, who piled up seven saves in the half.
BSU grabbed the first lead of the match in the 14th minute when Maggie Cade capitalized on a misplayed ball by the MSUM back line in the box. She fired a shot past the outstretched arms of the Dragon goalkeeper for her second goal of the young season.
MSU Moorhead evened the score in the 27th minute getting a rare goalkeeper tally. The Dragons got a free kick near midfield and the keeper, Kaleigh Sedlacek, booted the ball into the right upper 90 and past BSU's first half goalkeeper Alyssa Stumbaugh.
Tied 1-1 to open the second half, the Beavers began to apply pressure holding the ball more than 61-percent of the frame. In the 59th minute that pressure paid off. After Megan Majewski carried the ball down the left sideline and used a brilliant back-foot move to get around the MSUM defender, she struck the ball toward the far post and Wendt was on the doorstep to finish the job with the eventual game-winning goal.
BSU finished the match with a 28-2 edge in total shots, with an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Emma Riedi collected the win for the Beavers playing the final 35 minutes of the match in relief of Stumbaugh, who posted one save in 35 minutes of action.
The Beavers, now 2-0-0 on the season, will return to play Sunday when they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to host a neutral-site match with Minot State University. Opening kick is set for 1 p.m. from Alex Nemzek Soccer Field.
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).