|September 17, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|NSU||53:03||Paige Hutton (Megan Fastenau )|
|BSU||74:14||Sara Wendt (Megan Dahl )|
|BSU||89:06||Sara Wendt (Megan Dahl )|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||NSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||17 (9)||9 (4)|
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Athletic & Recreation Fields) – Bemidji State University needed to claw back from a one-goal deficit late in the second half, but senior Sara Wendt came through in a big way evening the score in the 75th minute before connecting on the game-winning goal with less than 60 seconds to play to give the BSU Soccer team a 2-1 victory over Northern State University in its 2021 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener.
Locked in a 0-0 tie for over 54 minutes of play, Northern State was first to light the scoreboard. Following a NSU corner kick, Megan Fastenau tipped a ball towards the net and it found the foot of Paige Hutten in front. She tapped in her first goal of the season.
Down 1-0, the Beavers reeled the Wolves in during the 75th minute. Wendt was fouled on the far sideline, setting up a free kick from 30 yards out. Senior Megan Dahl put the ball on the far post and Wendt out jumped the Wolves’ defenders to head in her third goal of the season.
As timed ticked off the clock and it looked as if BSU was headed for overtime for the second time in as many matches, Ally Smith pressured the NSU backline and forced a corner kick. Maggie Cade got good leg on the ensuing corner and the ball found the foot of Wendt, who neatly tucked the eventual game-winner into the top right corner, just out of the reach of the Wolves’ goalkeeper Alexus Townsend.
Alyssa Stumbaugh earned her fourth victory of the season in goal for BSU. She stopped three of the four shots she faced.
BSU finished the match with a 17-9 edge in shots taken, while it owned a 9-4 lead in shots on goal.
The Beavers have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings with NSU and earned five straight victories over the Wolves.
Bemidji State, now 4-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play, continues Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Sunday when it travels to Moorhead, Minn. to battle Minnesota State University Moorhead (1-2-0; 0-1-0 NSIC) in a 1 p.m. 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).