BEMIDJI, Minn. – Ten home matches, three versus 2019 NCAA Tournament participants, and a full 15-match Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule highlight the Bemidji State University soccer program’s 18-contest 2021itinerary.
Sept. 3, the Beavers jump back into a full competitive schedule for the first time since the conclusion of the 2019 season. Following a first-round exit from the NSIC Tournament that fall, the 2020 season was cancelled due to the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic and the abbreviated 2021 spring season included just three official contests.
After a pair of preseason scrimmages versus St. Catherine University and Hamline University Aug. 21 and 28, respectively, BSU officially lifts the lid on its 2021 regular season with a road trip west on Highway 2 to face NCAA Division I rival University of North Dakota, Sept. 3. The meeting will mark the 11th time the teams have meet, while the Beavers look to continue a three-match winning streak versus the Fighting Hawks that dates back to the 2007 campaign.
Bemidji State will then return to Chet Anderson Stadium to open the home portion of its schedule Sept. 10 and 12. BSU will host Michigan Technological University for a 7 p.m. opener under the lights of The Chet Friday, before a 1 p.m. matchup with Northern Michigan University Sunday.
The Beavers will play their first conference match since Nov. 8, 2019 when they travel to Aberdeen, S.D. for a match up with Northern State University, Sept. 17. They will wrap up the weekend of play in Moorhead, Minn., Sept. 19, versus Minnesota State University Moorhead. The team’s longest road trip of the season continues the following weekend when the Beavers meet 2019 NCAA tournament participant Minnesota State University Mankato, Sept. 24, before making the trip to St. Paul, Minn. to battle 2019 NSIC Regular-Season Champion Concordia University-St. Paul, Sept. 26.
BSU returns to Chet Anderson Stadium to host Augustana University to open play in October and to complete 2021by playing a string playing four of its final five regular-season games at home. The matchup with the Vikings also kick starts the Beavers’ longest homestand of 2021. BSU will host Wayne State College Oct. 3 followed by University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University Oct. 8 and 10, respectively.
A road trip south awaits BSU Oct. 15 and 17. The Beavers first travel to Winona, Minn. for a conference meeting with Winona State University. The Beavers then make their way to Fayette, Iowa to battle Upper Iowa University Oct. 17.
Bemidji State welcomes Southwest Minnesota State University to Bemidji, Minn., Oct. 22, to open a three-match homestand. The Beavers will host University of Sioux Falls Oct. 24 before an Oct. 29 NSIC tilt versus University of Mary.
Following an Oct. 31 match at Minot State University, the Beavers close out their 26 home season Nov. 5 when they host University Minnesota Crookston.
The eight-team NSIC Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal round Nov. 10. The four advancing teams will face off for the conference tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament Nov. 12 and 14. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 18.
Bemidji State, which finished the 2019 season 12-6-1 overall and placed fourth in the NSIC with an 11-3-1 mark in league play, saw its 2020 campaign sidelined due to the Coronavirus Pandemic before going 3-0 in competition spring 2021. In addition to nine newcomers, Stone plans to return a talented roster including All-NSIC selections Sara Wendt and Megan Dahl, while 2018 all-region selection Allyson Smith will return to the lineup after sitting out in 2019.
The Beavers open the 2021 season having assembled 16 consecutive seasons of at least .500 play and has won 31 of its last 35 home matches.
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).