Mavs look to bounce back against BSU, Crookston

The Minnesota State soccer team will play at home for the first time since the first weekend in Sept. when they host No. 15 Bemidji Friday, and Minnesota Crookston Sunday.

The Mavericks (3-2, 1-1 NSIC) come off a weekend splitting games against Wayne State and Augustana, winning 2-1 against WSC, and getting shutout 1-0 against AU.

The Mavericks have a successful history against the Beavers, going 13-2-2 since 1996.

The Beavers are 5-0 (2-0 NSIC) going into this weekend, holding the first spot in the NSIC rankings.

Bemidji State, being the top goal scoring team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, rosters two players in the top three in shots on goal in the NSIC. Allyson Smith has recorded 23 shots in five games, averaging 4.6 shots per game, while Sara Wendt has recorded 21 shots on goal in five games, averaging 4.2 shots per game, at the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively.

Wendt leads the NSIC in goals with eight goals in five games, twice the amount of goals than anyone else in the conference. Wendt has scored two goals in every game played this season, with the exception of the contest against Michigan Tech, where she only tallied one shot on goal.

Crookston has not had as successful of a season, starting out 1-4 (1-1 NSIC), including an 8-0 loss to Michigan Tech.

In the Mavericks’ 13 games since 1999 against the Eagles, MSU is 13-0, outscoring their opponent 66-4 in that span.

Jenny Vetter and Allie Williams lead the scoring for the Mavericks with two goals in five games each, while Vetter has the most shots taken at 13.

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