BEAVERS ROUNDUP: Golfers sixth at NSIC; soccer blanks Wayne
BRAINERD — The Bemidji State men’s golf team carded a 41-over-par 329 on the second day of the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Men’s Golf Championship, good enough to finish sixth overall Tuesday.
The round, played at The Classic at Madden’s in Brainerd, served as the final 18 holes of the fall portion of the 72-hole, comprehensive championship.
Freshman A.J. Oster turned in Bemidji State’s best round Tuesday, carding a six-over-par 78. He used the round to jump out of a tie for 26th after Day 1 (81) and into a tie for 20th with a two-day total of 81-78—159 (+15). BSU’s leader after 18 holes, Aaron Leintz, completed the fall portion of the event tied for 14thplace individually with 76-81—157 (+13).
Leintz finished 11 strokes off the pace set by Tyler Koivisto of St. Cloud State and Minnesota State’s Ross Miller, who share the lead after 36 holes at two-over-par (146).
St. Cloud State recorded a 303 (+15) Tuesday to finish the fall portion of the championship with a 296-303—599 (+23) and a 15-shot lead over Minnesota State (309-305—614) and the rest of the field.
BSU completed 36 holes tied for sixth place with Minot State and Augustana at 643 (+67).
The two-round fall event served as the first half of a unique conference championship. Following 36 holes at The Classic, NSIC teams take a six-month hiatus before deciding cumulative individual and team champions with 36 holes at The Jewel in Lake City April 11-12.
The BSU men’s golf team will wrap up the fall portion of its season Oct. 14-15 hen it travels to St. Joseph, Mo., to complete in the Missouri Western State Central Region Invitational.
Soccer shuts out Wayne
WAYNE, Neb. — BSU forwards Sarah Stram and Mary O’Brien each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Beavers to a 3-0 victory over Wayne State Sunday.
Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Garvin made three saves in her second shutout victory of the season.
The victory brings the Beavers’ record 6-2 overall and 3-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play while WSC fell to 1-6-1 on the season with a 1-3-1 mark in league action.
The Beavers took the lead in the 49th minute on Stram’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. O’Brien and senior Tiffany VanHaaften had assists.
Stram picked up her third point of the game in the 58th minute when she found O’Brien with a pass.
BSU extended its lead to 3-0 in the 81st minute when Alex Petes headed a corner kick by Abigail Nyquist and redirected the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of her collegiate career.
BSU finished with a 20-12 advantage in shots and owed an 11-3 edge in shots on goal.
BSU 3, Wayne State 0
BSU 0 3 - 3
Wayne 0 0 - 0
BSU-Stram (VanHaaften, O’Brien) 48:19
BSU-O’Brien (Stram) 57:47
BSU-Petes (Nyquist) 80:28
Garvin (BSU) 3; Comba (Wayne) 8
Pulkinen is Player of Week
BEMIDJI — Zach Pulkinen knocked through a game-winning 37-yard field goal Saturday to lift the Bemijdi State football team to a 41-40 homecoming victory against Southwest Minnesota State.
The winning kick caught the attention of the NSIC officials and Pulkinen was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Pulkinen also averaged 60.2 yards on eight kickoffs and 40.7 yards on six punts.