Sports briefs

Beavers clinch NSIC tournament berth

MOORHEAD, Minn – The Minot State University women’s soccer team defeated Minnesota State-Moorhead 2-0 on Sunday to clinch the eighth and final playoff spot in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/US Bank Soccer tournament.

The Beavers (7-7-3 overall, 7-6-2 NSIC) finished the regular season one point ahead of St. Cloud State and travels to play No. 1 seed Minnesota State-Mankato (15-2-1, 13-1-1) at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Redshirt freshman defender Kelli Creese netted the game-winning goal in the 16th minute and the Beavers led 1-0 at halftime despite being outshot 9-4. Sophomore midfielder Emilie Rebelo added an insurance goal in the 64th minute.

“We played great today,” MSU coach Jason Spain said in a press release, “our second half was very strong. Rebelo is coming on strong at the end of the season. She was dominant today.”

MSU sophomore goalkeeper Gemma Biasetto recorded seven saves for the shutout.

– Daily News Staff

Paasch places eighth for Beavers

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Minot State University freshman 174-pounder Tiger Paasch won three matches and placed eighth at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open hosted by South Dakota State on Sunday.

Paasch pinned Iowa Central Community College’s Tyler Whitfield in 1 minute, 4 seconds before winning an 8-6 decision over Northern Illinois’ Billy Chancey. Paasch dropped into the consolation bracket after losing a major decision to Minnesota’s Michael Joseph. He finished 1-1 in the consolation bracket and forfeited the seventh-place match for medical reasons.

“Overall I felt like it was a pretty good day,” MSU coach Robin Ersland said in a press release. “We wrestled hard, we were aggressive, and we didn’t back down from anybody. That’s 100 percent improvement over our first meet last year. Tiger was very impressive in several of his matches today.”

Junior 165-pounder Marcus Polak also won three matches, winning his opening rounder against Southwest Minnesota State’s Kyle Begn by a 9-4 decision. He won two matches in the consolation bracket.

Freshman 149-pounder Zachary Cummings was the only other MSU wrestler to win a match. Cummings finished the tournament 2-2.

The Beavers compete in the North Dakota State University Bison Open in Fargo on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

MSU defeats Salish-Kootenai in exhibition

The Minot State University women’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep of Salish-Kootenai College, defeating the Bison 96-56 in an exhibition Sunday at the MSU Dome.

Senior forward Carly Boag led the Beavers with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Senior guard Alisha Jones recorded 19 points, five assists and six steals in 24 minutes.

“It was all about energy today and in the first half we didn’t have a lot of it,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release. “I could sense it in the locker room before the game and we came out flat in the first five minutes. We were able to turn that around in the second half and I thought we played with great energy to finish the game.”

The Beavers forced SKC into 40 turnovers and limited the Bison to 37.7 percent shooting. SKC guard Sharna Frazier posted a double-double with 28 points and 19 rebounds.

MSU hosts South Dakota School of Mines in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. Friday at the MSU Dome.

– Daily News Staff