|September 03, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|BSU||86:43||Sara Wendt (Megan Carlson )|
|BSU||88:21||Sara Wendt (Allyson Smith )|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||Hawks|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (9)||12 (3)|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Sara Wendt scored twice and Alyssa Stumbaugh recorded three saves as the Bemidji State University soccer team posted a 2-0 victory at University of North Dakota to open the 2021 season.
The Beavers and Fighting Hawks went toe-to-toe for 86 minutes of play before Wendt broke the scoreless deadlock and once BSU took the lead, UND pressed and the Beavers caught the hosts out of position to lead to the senior’s second goal of the afternoon.
With the score locked at 0-0 in the 85th minute, Bemidji State, which led the match with 21 shots and nine shots on goal, got its best opportunity of the afternoon. Senior captain Ally Smith bounced a near-miss off the right post and onto the foot of Mason Schilling. The freshman from Venice, Fla. fired a rebound shot back at the net but the UND goalkeeper Madi Livingston made a tremendous save to knock the attempt wide to the right of the net giving BSU a corner kick. Freshman Megan Carlson stepped up for the corner and delivered the ball to the front of the net where Wendt cleared the pack and headed in her first goal of 2021.
The goal broke the deadlock and backed the Fighting Hawks into a corner. UND chose to press after the ensuing kickoff, packing the entire team into the offensive side of the field. BSU forced a turnover and Smith got behind the UND back line, threaded a pass to Wendt, and the senior deposited her second goal of the match just inside the right post.
Stumbaugh, a junior, was between the posts for the Beavers. She stopped all three shots she faced and to collect her first win of the season and preserve the shutout.
The victory marked the Beavers’ fourth consecutive win over North Dakota, while it stood as BSU’s seventh straight season-opening victory.
The Beavers return to Bemidji, Minn. and Chet Anderson Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. to host Michigan Technological University for a non-conference matchup.
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 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).