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BSU soccer starts season at Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan

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The Bemidji State University soccer team begins its regular season on the road this weekend in a pair of non-conference games.

BSU faces Michigan Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m. and face Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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MTU returns 17 players from a 2010 team that finished 1-10-1 overall and NMU is coming off its most successful season in school history. The Wildcats qualified for the NCAA tournament and finished 9-6-5.

The road trip to the Upper Peninsula is the start of a road-heavy first-half schedule for the Beavers.

Bemidji State will play the first eight games of the season on the road, a program record.

The Beavers are coming off their most successful season in program history. The 2010 squad set a program record for wins in a season with an overall record of 14-4-1, while finishing third in the NSIC with a mark of 9-3-1 in league play.

A major key to success a year ago was a 6-2-1 record on the road.

Bemidji State returns nine players with starting experience from the 2010 season including, the entire midfield, and back line. Senior midfielder Bri Scanlan and senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas were named as NSIC Players to Watch in the 2011 NSIC Preseason Coaches' poll.

Scanlan was an NSIC All-Academic selection a year ago. She netted a career-high five goals, including three game-winners, in 19 games for the Beavers.

Kjonaas has gained valuable experience in spot starts throughout her career and is poised to take the team on her back in 2011 as the starting goalkeeper. A year ago she played in five games, starting four, posted a 3-0-1 record and a team-best .897 save percentage.

Head Coach Jim Stone begins his 10th season as head coach of the Bemidji State soccer team. He has posted an overall record of 88-73-17 (.542) and is riding a streak of six seasons with at least a .500 winning percentage.

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