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Bemidji St. soccer team draws UMD in NSIC tournament

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team was awarded the No. 6 seed in the 2013 NSIC and will face No. 3 Minnesota Duluth 5 p.m. Wednesday’s in the tournament quarterfinals in Duluth.

The winner will advance to face the winner between No. 2 Winona State and seventh-seeded Augustana Friday afternoon in the semifinals. The semifinal and championship matches will be played at the home site of the highest remaining seed. The championship match up is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The 2013 tournament champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament Nov. 15-17.

The Beavers are making their fifth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament.

BSU ended its regular season with a 2-1 loss at St. Cloud Sunday to finish 12-6-0 overall and 9-6-0 in NSIC play.

After falling to Bemidji State 1-0 Friday, UMD finished the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Crookston Sunday. The Bulldogs secured the No. 3 seed with an overall record of 13-4-0 with a 12-3-0 mark in league play.

Bemidji State is 3-14-3 all-time in 20 previous meetings with Duluth, which includes a 2010 NSIC tournament quarterfinal meeting in Duluth. The Bulldogs won that game 1-0.

Since taking over the BSU soccer program in the fall of 2002, head coach Jim Stone’s teams have made the eight-team NSIC tournament in nine of 12 seasons.

Stone-coached teams at BSU are 3-8-2 all-time in postseason play with each of the ties decided by a shootout.

In Sunday’s regular-season finale Jessie Voeller scored her fourth goal of the season, but it would not be enough as BSU lost at St. Cloud.

The Huskies wasted no time jumping out to an early lead. Bailly Drayton scored just 29 seconds into the match, putting St. Cloud up 1-0.

Before the end of the first half, the home team would stretch its lead to 2-0. Taige Thoreson dribbled around the BSU back line and lofted a shot over BSU goalkeeper Sonja Barr in the 26th minute.

Late in the second half Voeller would find the back of the net to cut the St. Cloud lead to 2-1 but, despite a BSU surge in the game’s final minutes, the Huskies would hold on for the victory.

Barr (9-4-0) had four saves in the Bemidji State net.