It was a rare Wednesday night game for the Golden Eagles who were looking to pull off the upset over the Beavers, who came into tonight’s matchup ranked 22nd in the nation.

Bemidji, Minn.,-- It was a quick turnaround for the University of Minnesota Crookston women’s soccer team, who was in Idaho last week, and was now back on the road to play rival Bemidji State.

    It was a rare Wednesday night game for the Golden Eagles who were looking to pull off the upset over the Beavers, who came into tonight’s matchup ranked 22nd in the nation.

    The Beavers made the nation aware that they are going to be a force this season, as they shutout the Golden Eagles in a 3-0 win. Bemidji State would get on the board in the 17th minute as Alanna Mattson got the Beavers on the board with a shot from 18 yards out. Rachael Norton proved why she was the Preseason Player of the Year in the NSIC as she doubled the Beaver lead to make it 2-0. BSU would ice the game with a late goal in the 84th minute.

    Statistically, the Beavers outshot the Golden Eagles 25-4, and 9-2 in terms of shots on goal. The Beavers also had eight corner kicks on the night.

    Much like she has been all season, Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers, Minn.) was outstanding in goal tonight for Minnesota Crookston. She made six saves on the night, and made some big saves that kept the Golden Eagles in it until the very end.

    Offensively, Jessica Scott (Sr., Post Falls, Idaho) led the team with two shots, while Maggee Hodgdon (Fr. Newberg, Ore.), and Kiya Gere (Fr., Vancouver, Wash.) followed with one shot a piece.

    Although his squad fell short tonight in the rivalry match, 7th year head coach Joe Alieniello liked what he saw from his young team.

    “For being short handed today, I thought our team did what we asked and played hard, and competed,” Alieniello said. “I’m very proud of the effort.”

    With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 0-4-0 overall, and 0-1-0 in the conference, while the win moves the Beavers to 2-0-0 overall, and 1-0-0 in the conference.

    Golden Eagle fans will get their first chance to see Minnesota Crookston next Friday at 3 p.m., as the University of Minnesota Duluth will make their way to Crookston. The weekend will conclude with a match against St. Cloud State University. That match is set for 1 p.m.