Wendt scores in overtime; Beavers defeat Wildcats 3-2

September 12, 20211st2nd1OT Final
Northern Mich.0202
Bemidji St.1113
bsu19:19Sara Wendt (Maggie Cade , Allyson Smith)
mtu72:37Ashley Koch
mtu74:37Isabela Cardoso
bsu80:43Maggie Cade (Allyson Smith , Sara Wendt)
bsu94:27Sara Wendt (Megan Dahl )
mtuKreps, Shenae94:2734
bsuStumbaugh, Alyssa94:2727
Stats at a Glancemtubsu
Shots (on Goal)20 (9) 13 (7)
Corner Kicks74
Yellow Cards01
Wendt scores in overtime; Beavers defeat Wildcats 3-2
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Wendt scores in overtime; Beavers defeat Wildcats 3-2

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Sara Wendt scored a header in the fifth minute of overtime to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Bemidji State University soccer team to a non-conference victory over Northern Michigan University Sunday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Wendt finished the match leading all players with two goals and an assist, while Maggie Cade logged a goal and an assist and Allyson Smith netted two assists.

The Beavers took an early lead on a goal by Wendt and clung to the 1-0 advantage into the 73rd minute, but the Wildcats came charging back netting two goals in less than three minutes to put BSU on its heels. Bemidji State held off the rally with a Cade goal with under than nine minutes to go to force overtime. Wendt again found the back of the net in overtime to log her second game-winning goal of the season. 

Wendt got the Beavers on the board in the 20th minute. Emily Baurr started the play with a throw in near midfield. Her toss found the head of Smith, who directed the ball to the feet of Cade. The midfielder dribbled through the Wildcat back line and found Wendt, who deposited her third goal of the season.

After holding the lead through the first half and 30 minutes into the second, the NMU attack began to wear down the Beavers. The Wildcats forced five corner kicks during the first 25 minutes of the half and in the 73rd minute their six corner kick of the day lead directly to a goal by Ashley Koch.

Less than two minutes later, the Wildcats struck again. BSU Goalkeeper Alyssa Stumbaugh made a save on Brooke Pietila shot, but the rebound settled right on the foot of Isabela Cardoso, who gave NMU its first lead of the game, 2-1.

With its back against the wall, BSU answered. With just under 10 minutes to play, Smith and Wendt connected for a nifty give-and-go and a crossing pass from Smith was just out of the reach of her senior counterpart, but Cade was on the back post to tap it in her first goal of the season to force overtime.

Just under five minutes into the extra frame, Megan Dahl booted a free kick nearly 50 yard in the air and found Wendt's head. Wendt directed he ball into the top right corner and just out of the stretched arms of NMU goalkeeper Shenae Kreps.

Stumbaugh turned aside a career-high seven shots on goal, while allowing two goals.  She improves to 3-0-0 on the season.

The Beavers improve to 3-0-0 on the season and have won their last eight regular-season games dating back to Nov. 3, 2019.

BSU will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play next week on the road. The Beavers will travel to Aberdeen, S.D. Friday for a 7 p.m. match at Northern State University before a trip to Moorhead, Minn. will pit BSU versus Minnesota State University Moorhead.