NSU Soccer Splits Opening Weekend of NSIC Play

BEMIDJI, MN (NSUWolves.com) –

FRIDAY

NSU

BSU 1-0

The Northern State women’s soccer team dropped a fast paced, physical match-up with Bemidji State by a score of 1-0 on Friday afternoon. The Wolves’ offense threatened to score early on in both halves but was unable to come away with a goal on all-conference goalkeeper Alyssa Stumbaugh.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Northern State’s offense got off to a quick start as Hannah Smith fired a shot towards the bottom left corner of the net in the second minute of the game, forcing Alyssa Stumbaugh to make the early save
  • Smith tallied her second shot of the half in the 23rd minute of the game, stealing a pass away from Bemidji State and firing a shot from 25 yards out, missing just high and off the bottom crossbar of the goal post
  • Alexus Townsend kept the game tied going into the halftime break as she made her third save of the game in the closing seconds of the first half, this time corralling a shot off a Beaver free kick
  • In the 46th minute the Wolves offense threatened to score once again as Megan Fastenau and Isabela Polanco Garcia recorded back-to-back shots, but Garcia’s shot rolled just right of the goal
  • Bemidji State scored the first goal of the game in the 50th minute as Katrina Barthelt collected a blocked shot from a corner kick and pushed the ball past multiple diving Northern defenders
  • In the 84th minute Townsend and Lilja Davidsdottir kept the game within arm’s reach as Sara Wendt found space cutting through the NSU defense; Wendt’s shot was deflected by Townsend, but Davidsdottir made the crucial play to clear the ball is it continued to roll towards the net
  • The Beavers held the advantage in shots (12-9), shots-on-goal (6-3), and corner kicks (5-1)

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

  • Hannah Smith: 2 shots, 1 shot-on-goal
  • Megan Fastenau: 2 shots
  • Kelsey Selden: 2 shots
  • Alexus Townsend: 5 saves

 

CROOKSTON, MN (NSUWolves.com) –

SUNDAY

NSU 4-0

UMC

It took a little over 23 minutes, but it was all Northern State on Sunday afternoon after Hannah Smith scored her first of two goals to open the game and the Wolves cruised to a 4-0 victory over Minnesota Crookston.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Northern State struck first in the 24th minute as Calista Kocmick found a wide open Hannah Smith on the left side of the field, Smith drew the goalkeeper out of the net and scored her first goal of the season
  • The Wolves found the back of the net minutes later in the 27th minute off a corner kick, Mia Zagorski found Kelsey Selden cutting towards the goal and was able to head the ball past the UMC goalkeeper into the left corner of the net
  • Smith found the back of the net for the second time in the first half in the 31st minute, DeAnna LeMire found Smith cutting towards the net and was able to get a pass through a UMC defender and goalkeeper for Smith to score the third goal of the half for Northern
  • Northern State’s three first half goals are the most they have scored in a single half since they scored three goals in the first and second half of a 6-1 win over Minnesota Crookston on November 1, 2019
  • Megan Fastenau scored the lone goal of the second half in the 61st minute, finding the right side of the net off a free kick
  • Northern held the advantage in shots (22-2), shots-on-goal (9-1), and corner kicks (6-0)
  • NSU’s 22 shots are the most in a game since the November 1, 2019, win over Minnesota Crookston when the Wolves recorded 33 shots
  • Alexus Townsend and Elinor Sayers combined for the shutout victory, each playing 45 minutes in the game; Townsend corralled Northern’s only save of the game in the first half

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

  • Hannah Smith: 4 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 2 goals
  • Kelsey Selden: 3 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
  • Megan Fastenau: 3 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal