Bemidji State soccer gets commitment from Garvin for 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Bemidji State soccer gets commitment from Garvin for 2013

BEMIDJI Minn. --  Bemidji State University head soccer coach Jim Stone today announced that Amanda Garvin (Claremont, Calif.) will join the BSU soccer roster for the 2013 campaign. Garvin signed a National Letter of Intent during the NCAA’s regular signing period beginning April 17.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

• Amanda Garvin (Goalkeeper, 5-7; Claremont, Calif. / Claremont High School / Fullerton Rangers)

A two-time letterwinner at Claremont High School, Garvin was selected for All-Sierra League honors at the conclusion of her final two prep seasons. She led the Wolfpack to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section (800 member schools) Championship as a junior and earned a spot on the CIF Southern Section All-Start Team as a senior. Additionally, the goalkeeper has competed in all levels of club soccer in Southern California from the U13 to U18 levels, including time in the Invitational Premiere League. Most recently, she played for the Fullerton Rangers Club team, where she led Diego Borangra’s squad to a 9-1-2 overall record, while allowing just three goals against during the 2012-13 campaign.

Stone’s comments on Garvin: “Amanda comes form a great soccer background. She has a good soccer IQ and a good skill set. She can play with her feet in the back and distribute. Her positioning is solid, so she is able to begin the attack for us, but most importantly, she is a great shot stopper,” said Stone. “In addition, she seems to have the ability to address others and guide the back line. We are really excited to have her.”

Personal: Amanda Noel Garvin... Born Dec. 14, 1994... Daughter of Raymond and Pam Garvin… Plans to major in nursing at BSU.

Garvin joins Bayley Ertl (North Branch, Minn.), Kortney Kenville (Lino Lakes, Minn.), Kayla Manske (Delano, Minn.), Grace Ogden (Eagle River, Alaska), Anna Sivanich (Maple Grove, Minn.), Sarah Stram (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and Christine Szurek (Andover, Minn.), who each inked National Letters of Intent during the NCAA’s early signing period beginning Feb. 6.

“We are trying to achieve better balance in our classes from year to year. In time, we think that bringing in seven or eight players each year will bring our roster from 24 to 26, which is ideal for us.” Stone added, “The eight players we have coming are going to add a lot of quality, depth and competition to our roster. Everyone will be fighting for a position, which we think will make us a better team.”

Bemidji State completed the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2, while it finished sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 8-5-2 mark in league play. BSU made the NSIC postseason tournament for the eighth time under Stone, falling in the first round to Upper Iowa University, 1-0. The Beavers had 15 one-goal matches in 2012 (9-6). Following the season, seven BSU soccer players were named to the Fall Academic All-NSIC team; Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.), Tiffany VanHaaften (Jr., M, Chaska, Minn.), Sam Lumberg (Jr., D, Woodbury, Minn.) and Megan Castro (Fr. M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) were tabbed to the All-NSIC team; O’Brien and Lumberg garnered 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s NCAA Division II All-Central Region Team honors; and VanHaaften was named to the Capitol One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District First Team.

The Beavers plan to return 10 of 11 primary starters in 2013 after losing just one senior, Mallory Lowe (D, Lino Lakes, Minn.), to graduation.  O’Brien leads all returning players with 24 points (10g-4a), which included two game-winning goals.  Junior Jessie Voeller (F, White Bear Lake, Minn.) added four goals and five assists, while Castro, a rookie midfielder, rounded out the top three returning point-producing players posting eight points (2g-4a), which included a game-winner. In all, Bemidji State returns all 25 of its goals and 30 assists from a year ago.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).