Minot State Beavers FC win conference, begin regional Oct. 20

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University’s first season of men’s club soccer is already a successful one.

Minot State Beavers FC earned Great Plains Soccer Conference regular season championship with a 2-2 tie at North Dakota State Saturday, Oct. 7.

“Winning the conference was an awesome feat,” said Jason Spain, Minot State FC head coach. “It’s the collaboration from so many people: Jacek Mrozik (vice president for enrollment, marketing, and outreach), Kevin Harmon (vice president for student affairs), Rick Hedberg (vice president for advancement), Michelle Sayler (director of enrollment), Emily Norman (admissions counselor), Rick Heit (social and digital media specialist), Vicki McDonald (administrative assistant, enrollment, marketing, and outreach), MSU’s marketing department, and Kelly Perrin with Bravera Bank. All of their hard work paid off in the end. We had amazing leadership with Noah Schmidt, Avery Weishaar, and Juan Ibarra leading the way. Simon Conrad was the perfect assistant.

“We had a vision of trying to create a perfect student-athlete experience where the guys played for each other, and they did just that. I am blessed to be a part of a great team of people at Minot State and a great group of guys that fought for each other in a positive manner the entire season. They deserve all the credit.”

The Beavers will now focus their sights on a regional title as the Beavers FC will travel to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for the 2023 NIRSA Championship Series – Region V Tournament Oct. 20-22. Pool play will begin on Friday, Oct. 20 with consolation play and national championship bid games set for Sunday, Oct. 22. Brackets for pool play will be released early next week.

The Region V Tournament awards three automatic bids in the men’s division for the Championship Division of the National Tournament, hosted by the NIRSA Championship Series. The national championships are scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at Round Rock, Texas.

Region V represents four leagues in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. More information for Region V soccer and for the NIRSA Region V Championships can be found HERE.

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Published: 10/13/23   

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