WOMEN'S SOCCER: Bemidji State falls to UMD in NSIC quarterfinals
DULUTH — The Bemidji State University soccer team saw its 2013 season come to an end Wednesday following a 2-0 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinal.
The Beavers finished the season 12-7-0 overall and 9-6-0 in NSIC play. It was their fifth consecutive appearance in the conference tournament.
It took the Bulldogs nearly 45 minutes to get on the board, but with 22 seconds left in the opening half, UMD (14-4-0) broke the scoreless tie.
Following a shot by Megan Helberg, UMD got a throw-in. Kelli Klum found Maureen Stormont with the pass before a Danni Potter header found the back of the net for her first goal of the 2013 season.
Outshot 24-4 at the conclusion of the first half and trailing 8-3 in shots on goal, Bemidji State attempted to regroup at halftime trailing 1-0.
With the season on the line and 45 minutes to play, the Beavers applied offensive pressure and Minnesota Duluth packed in its defense.
Bemidji State managed seven shots in the second half to UMD’s two, but were unable to breach the goal. The Bulldogs added an insurance goal in the 69th minute to seal the win, 2-0, and a trip to the NSIC semifinal round.
BSU starting goalkeeper Sonja Barr finished the evening with eight saves on 10 shots faced, running her record to 9-5-0 on the season.
Minnesota Duluth will take on Winona State Friday in an 11 a.m. semifinal match up in Mankato.
The winner will take on either Minnesota State or Upper Iowa Sunday afternoon for the NSIC title; the winner will secure an automatic berth into the NCAA Central Region Tournament.