Soccer opens 2021 home slate with pair of non-conference battles

Soccer opens 2021 home slate with pair of non-conference battles
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Soccer opens 2021 home slate with pair of non-conference battles

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team gets its 2021 home schedule underway this weekend when it hosts Michigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University for a pair of non-conference matches. BSU first welcomes Michigan Tech for a 7 p.m. match Friday before wrapping up the weekend of play with a 1 p.m. opening kick on Parent’s Day Sunday versus Northern Michigan.

The Beavers open the weekend with a 1-0-0 record after defeating NCAA Division I University of North Dakota 2-0 to officially open the season, Sept. 2. The Beavers were led by reigning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Sara Wendt, who scored both BSU goals. Between the posts, Alyssa Stumbaugh turned aside all three Fighting Hawks’ shots to preserve the victory and her second collegiate shutout. The victory was the fourth straight over UND for the Beavers and marked the seventh consecutive season BSU has opened the season with a win.

The BSU-MTU soccer series dates back to 2011 and spans six matches. BSU owns a 5-1-0 record versus the Huskies all time with a 2-1 record when hosting the Huskies. Ally Smith scored twice to break a 1-1 tie when the teams last met, Sept. 7, 2018, as the then-No. 22 Beavers would go on to net a 3-1 victory.

The Huskies are 2-0-0 this season and have yet to allow a goal. The team posted a 4-0 victory over University of Minnesota Duluth, Sept. 2, before completing the NSIC road sweep with a 1-0 victory over St. Cloud State, Sept. 4. Grace Shaw and Jesse Jacobusse lead the Huskies with two goals and two assists apiece this season, while Jacobusse has a game-winning goal. Goalkeeper Graice VanLangevelde has appeared in both of MTU’s matches this season and has one shutout and contributed to the other.

The BSU-NMU series is tied at 6-6-0 overall and is 2-2-0 when hosting the Wildcats in a series that reaches back to 2000. BSU enters the weekend having won the previous five meetings between the teams. It’s last loss to the Wildcats came 1-0 loss in Marquette, Mich., Sept. 4, 2011.

Northern Michigan will arrive at Bemidji State following a matchup with NSIC counterpart Winona State University Friday evening. The Wildcats come into the weekend with a 2-0-0 record after posting a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State and a 5-1 triumph over Minnesota Duluth last week. Caroline Halonen has accounted for eight NMU points on two goals, which included a game-winner, and three assists. Brooke Pietila has added two goals and an assists to sit rank on the team in scoring. Shenae Kreps has played all 180 minutes in goal for the Wildcats. She is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals allowed average and a .929 save percentage with 13 saves through two matches.

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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).