It will be a quick turnaround for Joe Alianiello's squad who just got back from the Pacific Northwest.
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s soccer team gets set for an early NSIC matchup Wednesday, September 5 against Bemidji State University.
Coming off a long trip that saw the Golden Eagles over 1300 miles away in Nampa, Idaho, it will be a quick turnaround for Joe Alianiello’s squad who just got back from the Pacific Northwest a little less than 24 hours ago. This next road trip for Minnesota Crookston will be a lot shorter, but nonetheless, it’s a lot of time on the road.
The Golden Eagles will look to bounce back after a weekend of games that didn’t go the way they would’ve liked. After a high scoring game in the first match of the season against Adams State University, the Golden Eagles couldn’t find the back of the net with losses to California State University, Monterey Bay, and Northwest Nazarene University, 1-0, and 5-0, respectively.
Minnesota Crookston heads into NSIC play with players who will help carry the Golden Eagles this season. Offensively, Maggee Hodgdon (Fr., Newberg, Ore.) and Jessica Withrow (So., Gardnerville, Nev.) were threats in the three games, including Hodgdon, who had a four point game in her first collegiate game last Thursday against Adams State.
In the net, Olivia Puttin (Jr., Rogers, Minn.) had a standout game on Saturday afternoon against California State University, Monterey Bay. Puttin faced a barrage of shots against the Otters, and stopped all but one of them. Puttin will look to carry that momentum into NSIC play, and it starts this weekend against Bemidji State.
It will be a rare midweek game for Minnesota Crookston who will make the 88 mile drive down Highway 2, to match-up with the Bemidji State Beavers.
A Look at the Beavers
In contrast to the Golden Eagles, Bemidji State has played in just one match so far, and that was a win on a neutral-site over Oklahoma Baptist University, 1-0.
Offensively, the Beavers might have as much firepower as anyone in the NSIC, if not the entire country. Bemidji State brings back four of their leading scorers last season in Rachael Norton (Preseason NSIC Player of the Year), Allyson Smith, Dani Nelson, and Alanna Mattson.
Norton (Sr., Mounds View, Minn.) leads the Beavers after scoring 38 points last season, with 14 goals. Fellow classmate Dani Nelson (Woodbury, Minn.) finished last season with six goals, and 16 points. Sophomores Allyson Smith (Brainerd, Minn.), and Alanna Mattson (Princeton, Minn.), will also look to put up big numbers for BSU this season.
In net for Bemidji State, it will most likely be Anna Fobbe (Sr. St. Paul, Minn.). Fobbe played in nine games last season, starting in seven of those games. Fobbe was very solid when her name was called, only allowing three goals, and having a save percentage of .893.
Bemidji State is not just getting regional recognition, they’re also gaining national recognition, as the Beavers head into the game with the Golden Eagles ranked 22nd in the nation.
The Golden Eagles and the Beavers will meet in the Highway 2 rivalry on Wednesday, September 5 in Bemidji, Minn. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.