BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team gets Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play underway this weekend when it hits the road to battle Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers make the trip to Aberdeen, S.D. for a 7 p.m. match with the Wolves Friday before closing out the weekend of play with a 1 p.m. matinee versus the Dragons Sunday at MSU Moorhead.
The Beavers open the weekend with a 3-0-0 record after a pair of one-goal non-conferecne matches. Ally Smith netted a pair of goals Friday to push BSU past Michigan Tech 2-1 Friday. Sunday, reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, Sara Wendt took her turn scoring two times to lead the Beavers to a 3-2 overtime victory over Northern Michigan. Smith added assists of two goals to finish the week with six points and earned NSIC Offensive Player of the Week accolades for her role in the weekend sweep.
The BSU-NSU soccer series dates back to 1998 and spans 28 matches. NSU owns a 13-12-3 edge in the all-time series, but Since 2010, BSU has won 9-of-10 matches and has earned four straight victories over the Wolves. In Aberdeen, NSU also owns a 9-5-0 advantage.
The last time BSU and NSU clashed, Nov. 3, 2019, Wendt scored in the 86th minute to break a scoreless tie and tilted the match in BSU's favor, 1-0. Emma Reidi made three stops to record the shutout in a match that BSU out shot NSU 10-3.
The Wolves are 1-1-0 this season and are coming off a 3-0 loss to University of North Dakota Sept. 7. The match up also stands as the NSIC opener for NSU. Northern State is averaging 0.5 goals per game, while it is allowing 1.5. Megan Fastenau leads the Wolves with a goal and this season. Goalkeeper Alexus Townsend has appeared in both of NSU’s matches this season and has 15 saves for a .856 save percentage and 1.50 goals allowed average and a 1-1-0 record.
The BSU-MSUM series dates back to the inaugural year of BSU soccer, 1996, and spans 32 matches. BSU holds a 18-13-1 edge in the series and is 11-1-1 in its last 13 matches versus MSU Moorhead and has out scored the Dragons 30-4 since 2014. Last season BSU and MSUM met twice in the COVID-19-shortened campaign. BSU defeated the Dragons 6-0 April 12 in Moorhead, Minn. behind two goals from Wendt and a goal and two assists from Smith. When MSUM came to Bemidji four days later, BSU edged the Dragons 2-1 with Wendt netting the game-winning goal to go with an assist on Maggie Cade's goal. Goalkeeper Alyssa Stumbaugh played in both contests going 1-0-0 in 80 minutes and combined with Georgiana Harbor for the shutout in the first meeting.
MSUM will welcome Bemidji State owning a 0-3-0 record to open the weekend and a Friday afternoon meeting with University of Minnesota Crookston. Averaging 0.33 goals per game, while allowing 2.67 to its opponents, Ally Peters has accounted for the MSUM goal, while Kayleigh Sedacek has played in 180 of the Dragons' 270 minutes in goal. She is 0-2-0 with a 2.00 goals allowed average and a .667 save percentage with eight saves through three matches this season.
Northern State match information:
- Bemidji State is 12-13-3 all time versus NSU.
- BSU is 5-9-0 versus NSU in Aberdeen.
- The last time the teams met, BSU earned a 1-0 victory in Bemidji, Minn. Nov. 3, 2019
- 2021 NSU Stats
- 2021 NSU Schedule
- Live stats
MSUM match information:
- Bemidji State is 18-13-1 all time versus MSUM.
- BSU is 8-5-1 versus MSUM in Moorhead
- The last time the teams met, Sara Wendt logged a goal and an assist to lead BSU to a 2-1 victory in Bemidji, April 16, 2021.
- 2021 MSUM Stats
- 2021 MSUM Schedule
- Live stats
Bemidji State soccer information:
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).