MANKATO, Minn. (The Pitch) – The Bemidji State University soccer team battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits to earn a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference draw on the road at Minnesota State University Mankato Friday afternoon. The tie allowed the No. 15 Beavers to remain unbeaten.
Minnesota State jumped out to an early lead getting a goal from NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jenny Vetter. Olivia Thoen put a ball over the BSU backline and Vetter beat the BSU goalkeeper to the ball and tapped her third goal of the season into the lower right corner of the net giving MSU a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
The Beavers played from behind for the bulk of the half, but in the 44th minute, Junior Lexi Larson evened the score at 1-1 with her first collegiate goal. Newcomer Maria Stocke took a throw in and dribbled the ball near the top of the box before dropping it to Larson, who took a shot from distance. The MSU goalkeeper misplayed the back and it rolled just inside the left post.
Tied 1-1 60 minutes in, the Mavericks again took the lead, this time with Vetter setting up the Claire Carter goal.
But the Beavers were not done.
Just like they have some many times this year, with their collective back is against the wall, the team rallies and get a goal when they need it. In the 73rd minute, senior Erin Becker came through with her first goal of the season. Following a clear out by the MSU back line, Megan Dahl pushed the ball back across midfield to Ally Smith. The senior dribbled through traffic and across the field finding Becker just outside the box. Becker took a shot and bent the ball just inside the right post.
In her first collegiate appearance, freshman Edie Frantzen made five saves and allowed two goals in 110 minutes of play. She earned a tie in her first collegiate decision and moves to 0-0-1.
Bemidji State (5-0-1; 2-0-1 NSIC) continues NSIC road play Sunday when the Beavers travel to St. Paul, Minn. for a clash with defending league champ Concordia University, St. Paul. The opening kick is set for 1 p.m.
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).