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College Soccer: Smith named captain at BSU

Former Brainerd Warrior Allyson Smith selected to lead the Beavers,

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Allyson Smith

BEMIDJI — Former Brainerd High School graduate Allyson Smith was selected as one of four captains for the Bemidji State University Beavers women’s soccer team.

Smith will be joined by Megan Dahl, Megan Majewski and Emma Mortensen as captains for the 2021 season.

Smith tied for second on the team with four points, while matching the team’s lead with two assists in three matches last spring. She recorded a four-point match April 12 netting a goal to go with two assists to lead the Beavers to victory over MSU Moorhead. In addition, she posted a team-leading 11 shots with six shots on goal as a junior.

The two-time All-NSIC selection and all-region pick is one of BSU’s top-scoring individuals of all time. The Brainerd native has piled up 20 goals, which includes seven game-winners, and 18 assists in 39 matches dating back to 2017. She already ranks among the Beavers’ top-10 in goal and assist scoring, while tied for sixth all-time in game-winning goals.

Bemidji State, which finished the 2019 season 12-6-1 overall and placed fourth in the NSIC with an 11-3-1 mark in league play, saw its 2020 campaign sidelined due to the Coronavirus pandemic before going 3-0 in competition in spring 2021. In addition to nine newcomers, BSU returns a talented roster including All-NSIC selections Dahl and Sara Wendt, while 2018 all-region selection Smith returns to the lineup after sitting out in 2019.

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The Beavers open the 2021 season Sept. 3 at the University of North Dakota before lifting the lid on its home slate Sept. 10 when it hosts Michigan Technological University for a 7 p.m. non-conference match. BSU goes into the upcoming season having assembled 16 consecutive seasons of at least .500 play and has won 31 of its last 35 home matches.

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