Hooray For Tuesday: Week Of Sept. 3

Since I generally have Mondays off, my first day of the work week is generally Tuesdays. So I’m starting a new feature on the blog where I run down some Bemidji State-related stories that I may have missed from the weekend. Or I will post my random thoughts about baseball and Michigan State’s most recent game (things that have nothing to do with Bemidji State).

Hey, it’s my blog, I can write about whatever I want! And it’s Tuesday. There are no rules on Tuesday.

On the inaugural edition of Hooray for Tuesday: BSU soccer squeaks past Michigan Tech in overtime to improve to 2-0, thoughts on BSU football and our Pioneer fantasy football league. (Obviously the most important thing here.) More after the jump.

Bemidji State soccer now 2-0: I watched the Beavers pull off an impressive 1-0 shutout against Northern Michigan on Saturday, but I almost wish I had been working Sunday (almost… Sunday IS my day off).

BSU rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Michigan Tech 3-2 in overtime Sunday afternoon.

A pair of midfielders from White Bear Lake had the best weekends for the Beavers. Junior Jessie Voeller and sophomore Maria McLeod each scored a goal. Voeller had two assists and McLeod added another to help BSU grind out both of those nonconference wins.

It’s a good confidence-boost for the Beavers, who had mixed results in their season-opening exhibition games against St. Thomas, St. Catherine’s and Concordia-Moorhead.

What’s more, both Northern and Tech are strong teams from a good soccer conference (the GLIAC). NMU was 10-6-3 last season.

BSU’s midfield, as I mentioned, looked impressive. In addition to Voeller and McLeod, freshman Megan Castro (M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) also notched two assists, while junior captain Tiffany VanHaaften (M, Chaska) scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

BSU’s defense also looked good. I’m by no means a soccer expert, but it looked to me like they were doing a good job clamping down on Northern’s attacks, forcing them to shoot from outside the box most of the time.

If they can keep that up for the conference season – they open at Minnesota Crookston this Sunday after an exhibition game Friday at North Dakota State – Bemidji State just might be in good shape for a successful season.

Rongstad named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week: After an… interesting… game against Upper Iowa Friday, Bemidji State was lucky to escape with the win.

Maybe the Beavers got a little lucky, but Lance Rongstad certainly isn’t relying on luck. The BSU quarterback from Elva, Wis., might just be the best signal-caller in the conference this year and proved it with another dual-threat game Friday.

He completed 24-for-38 passes for 228 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He also ran for 58 yards on 18 attempts.

It was good enough to win the NSIC’s Offensive Player of the Week award.

Considering the fact that BSU was without their top RB (Dustin Kroeplin) for unknown reasons (I’m working to find out why), Rongstad’s big game was even more important for them. And he’ll be the key to any BSU success going forward.

I will win the Bemidji Pioneer fantasy football league: This is taotally self-indulgant, but I don’t care. We had our office fantasy draft on Sunday, and I must say that my team rules.

Sure, I may have drafted Matthew Stafford with my No. 1 pick, and I am most certainly a Lions homer, but even so, my team kicks butt. I got a steal with RGIII in the sixth round and somehow managed to snag Justin Blackmon in the 14th round (!!!!).

So yeah. I play managing editor Steve Wagner this week, and it’s fair to say I’m going to roll.

You’ve been warned, Pioneer employees. You’ve been warned.

(For your sake, please hope I lose, so I don’t turn into one of those obsessive fantasy football guys who brags about it to everybody. I don’t want to be Rodney Ruxin.)