BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State University forward Sara Wendt has been selected for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor for her role in the Beavers’ NSIC road sweep of Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead Sept. 17 and 19.
Wendt scored twice to lead BSU to its fourth win of the season Friday at NSU. Trailing 1-0 to the Wolves through 75 minutes of play, Wendt notched her fifth goal of the season to tie the game. She collected her third game-winning goal in the 90th minute to tilt the match in BSU’s favor. Sunday she recorded her fourth multi-goal match of the season netting her seventh and eight goals of 2021. Wendt put BSU in the lead in the 28th minute of play and put the match out of reach in the 85th minute with a set-piece, header goal. She finished the weekend with four goals, which included two game-winning goals.
Wendt now has six multi-goal matches in her career and leads the nation with eight goals in 2021. She owns a NSIC-best eight 17 points, and four game-winning goals, while accounting for eight of BSU’s 11 goals this season.
The award is the third of Wendt’s BSU career. She was also selected for the honor Sept. 23, 2019 and Sept. 7 of this season. It also marks the third straight week a BSU student-athlete has been selected for the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honor. Following her Sept. 7 recognition, Allyson Smith earned the Sept. 13 award.
Wendt was joined for recognition this week by Upper Iowa University defender, Aimee Sies, who was selected as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week, and Minot State University goalkeeper Maddie Kindred, the league’s goalkeeper of the week.
The Beavers completed the first week of NSIC play with a 5-0-0 overall record and a 2-0-0 mark in league play. BSU has now won 10 straight regular-season matches dating back to Nov. 1, 2019, and takes its perfect league mark on the road to battle Minnesota State University in Mankato Friday afternoon (3 p.m.) and defending NSIC regular-season champion Concordia-University-St. Paul at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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).