Beavers fall to Mavericks in NSIC Tournament Championship

November 14, 20211st2ndFinal
Minnesota St.224
Bemidji St.112
BSU08:08Allyson Smith (Sara Wendt )
MSU38:15Maille Mathis
MSU44:27Maille Mathis
MSU69:52Sophie Eskierka (Molly Mosher , Ashlyn Watt)
BSU75:19Sara Wendt (Megan Dahl )
MSU82:46Allie Williams
MSURath, Mackenzie90:0025
BSUStumbaugh, Alyssa90:0048
Stats at a GlanceMSUBSU
Shots (on Goal)20 (12) 19 (7)
Corner Kicks34
Yellow Cards01
Beavers fall to Mavericks in NSIC Tournament Championship
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Beavers fall to Mavericks in NSIC Tournament Championship

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Minnesota State University got two goals from Mallie Mathis to put the Mavericks in the lead late in the first half and MSU would not look back, taking the NSIC Tournament Championship game, 4-2, over Bemidji State University Sunday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The loss was the first of the season for the No. 6 Beavers, snapping a 22-match (20-0-2) unbeaten streak that dated back to Nov. 13, 2019. 

Bemidji State took an early lead in the match on a goal by senior Ally Smith. The Brainerd, Minn. native ran a give-and-go with fellow senior Sara Wendt and used her left foot to beat the MSU goalkeeper, Mackenzie Rath in the ninth minute of play.

Smith's goal stood as the Beavers' only shot on goal of the first 45 minutes of play as the Mavericks answered with pressure during the final 10 minutes of the half. Mathis evened the score by collecting an attempted clearout, turning, and firing a shot from the left corner of the box for an assisted goal in the 39th minute. Just over five minutes later, and with only 32 seconds left in the half, Mathis took the ball off the heel of a BSU player and fired a carbon copy shot just over the reach of BSU goalkeeper Alyssa Stumbaugh to send the Mavericks to the break owning a 2-1 lead.

BSU opened the second half with a significant push. BSU came up short on a handful of scoring opportunities and found itself down by two goals in the 70th minute of play when MSU's Sophie Eskierka scored.

In the 76th minute, the Beavers trimmed the deficit to one goal, 3-2. Megan Dahl lofted a free kick into the box and just like she has so many times this season, Sara Wendt headed the ball into the goal.  It was her team-leading 19th goal of the season.

Just when BSU seemed to have momentum rolling in its favor, a perfectly-placed free kick by MSU's Allie Williams in the 83rd minute ended the BSU comeback and clinched the Mavericks' fifth NSIC Tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Stumbaugh finished the afternoon with eight saves matching a career-high set in Friday's semifinal match. The junior moves to 16-1-1 on the season.

At the conclusion of the match, four members of the BSU roster were named to the 2021 NSIC Championship All-Tournament Team. Seniors Dahl, Smith, and Wendt, along with freshman Emma Hueslnitz were recognized for stellar play during the event. 

Bemidji State now 18-1-2 overall, will not await its tournament fate. The Beavers, participants in the national tournament in 2017 and 2018 hope to make a third appearance this season.

The complete 56-team NCAA Division II Championship field will be announced tomorrow, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. live on

The NCAA Tournament will run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 11 with the semifinals and championship held in Colorado Springs, Colo.