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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Emily Baurr nets 1st goal, Bemidji State wins finale 2-0

Emily Baurr, who plays a defensive-minded role on the backline, looked like a striker when she booted in her first career goal during a 2-0 win over Minnesota Crookston.

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CROOKSTON -- Emily Baurr jumped for joy like never before on Thursday.

The Bemidji State women’s soccer senior, who plays a defensive-minded role on the backline, looked like a striker when she booted in her first career goal during a 2-0 win over Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, which ended the regular season.

Baurr weaved around a charging defender in the 41st minute, loaded up from 25 yards away and unleashed a top-shelf missile that found the back of the net. Baurr’s arms shot up in celebration, and she even bowled over a teammate with a fervid hug as the Beavers rushed to congratulate her.

The win clinches second place for BSU in the conference standings and the No. 2 seed for the NSIC Tournament. Minnesota State claimed the NSIC title, the top seed and home-field advantage for the conference tournament thanks to its 1-0 victory over Concordia-St. Paul on Thursday.

Erin Becker also scored for No. 21 Bemidji State (11-2-5, 10-1-4 NSIC) against UMC, burying a penalty kick in the 30th minute that put the Beavers in front 1-0.

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Baurr added her heroics shortly after -- with freshman Tirzah Lange also recording her first collegiate assist on the play -- and that was more than enough offense. BSU out-shot the Golden Eagles (2-15-1, 1-13-1 NSIC) by a 23-5 margin, including an 11-2 disparity in shots on goal.

Georgie Harber finished with a pair of saves for Bemidji State, while Kathryn Brainerd had nine saves for Minnesota Crookston.

The Beavers will take on seventh-seeded U-Mary in the first round of the NSIC Tournament. Opening kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The NSIC Tournament semifinals and championship are scheduled for Nov. 4 and 6, respectively.

For the full tournament field, which was announced Thursday night, click here.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota Crookston 0

BSU 2 0 -- 2

UMC 0 0 -- 0

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First half -- 1, BSU GOAL, Becker (penalty kick), 30’; 2, BSU GOAL, Baurr (Lange), 41’.

Second half -- No scoring.

Saves -- Harber (BSU) 2; Brainerd (UMC) 9.

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