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WOMEN’S SOCCER: Beavers rise up to No. 13 in national poll

The Beavers rose two spots to No. 13 on Tuesday, sliding up in the national rankings after a 1-0-1 week.

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Bemidji State senior Allyson Smith (15) scores on a penalty kick in the first half against Michigan Tech on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Bemidji State women’s soccer team is inching higher in the national poll.

After its season debut at No. 15 last week, the Beavers rose two spots to No. 13 on Tuesday, sliding up in the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Soccer Poll after a 1-0-1 week.

BSU is the only team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference within the top 25. Bemidji State also ranks second in the Central Region poll, behind only Emporia State. NSIC foes Minnesota State and Minot State are also among the region’s top 10.

The Beavers tied Minnesota State 2-2 and beat Concordia-St. Paul 2-1 over the weekend, moving to 6-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in conference play.

Grand Valley State usurped Flagler for the top spot in the national poll, while the College of St. Rose rounded out the top three.

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The Beavers next return home to host Augsutana at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Chet Anderson Stadium.

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Trailing 45-44 early in the final quarter, Bemidji State went on a 7-0 run on a 3-point basket by Isabel Majewski and four free throws by Trinity Yoder.
The visiting Beavers (15-8, 10-7 NSIC) built a 20-point lead in the second half before Minot began its rally.
The Beavers outshot the Tommies 71-38 in total attempts and 32-21 on goal, but were unable to find the back of the net.