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WOMEN'S SOCCER

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The Beavers were ranked No. 9 in the final United Soccer Coaches national poll of the season, which is right where they were slotted in the preseason rankings.
When it comes to X’s and O’s, nobody in the Central Region was better than the Bemidji State women’s soccer coaching staff.
“We had a group of players that… really believed that it was possible, even when -- early in the season -- nothing pointed towards it at all,” BSU head coach Jim Stone said. “That’s what made it possible.”
Megan Dahl, a fifth-year from Rosemount, was named to the All-America Second Team by the United Soccer Coaches. She becomes the first Beaver to be honored in multiple seasons after earning a first-team nod in 2021.
Two historic runs collided into one mega-weekend at Chet Anderson Stadium on Nov. 18-20, where the BSU soccer and football programs hosted groundbreaking NCAA Tournament games at home on back-to-back-to-back days. But kudos are also in order for the army behind the scenes that made it function.
The greatest NCAA Tournament run in Bemidji State women’s soccer history set with the sun on Sunday at Chet Anderson Stadium, as Ferris State earned a 2-0 win over the No. 24 Beavers in the national quarterfinals.

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Brainerd graduate Allyson Smith is enjoying her sixth year playing women's soccer at Bemidji State.
As players from both sides decked out in leggings, hats and extra layers wherever possible, Maggie Cade treated the frigid temperatures like it was early August. And don’t be confused: This was tougher than anything her professional sister has ever faced in Iceland.
After a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time, No. 24 Bemidji State defeated Emporia State 3-1 in penalty kicks during the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The ensuing jubilation was well deserved for a team that is going to the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

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