Five Bemidji State players garner All-NSIC soccer honors
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Five Bemidji State players garner All-NSIC soccer honors

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Samantha Lumberg (Sr., D, Woodbury, Minn.), Tiffany VanHaaften (Sr., M, Chaska, Minn.), Sonja Barr (Jr., GK, Duluth, Minn.), Mary O’Brien (Jr., F, Maplewood, Minn.) and Jessie Voeller (Sr., F. White Bear Lake, Minn.) have been selected for All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors.  Lumberg and VanHaaften were named Second Team All-NSIC, while Barr and O’Brien collected third team honors and Voeller was named All-NSIC Honorable Mention. The announcement of the 2013 All-NSIC teams came from the league office today.

Lumberg started in all 19 contests for BSU, anchoring the backline that helped the Beavers earn eight shutouts in 2013, which ranked fourth in the NSIC. The Beavers ranked sixth in the league in both goals allowed (20) and goals against average (1.05). The senior also contributed a pair of assists, which included a helper on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over University of Minnesota Crookston, Sept. 11.

Lumberg started in 51 games in her career and has six career assists. 

VanHaaften, who also started 18 matches for BSU, was a force in the midfield for the Beavers both offensively and defensively. The senior was fifth on the team with 10 points. In addition to two assists, VanHaaften posted a career-high four goals, which included a team-leading three game-winning goals.

VanHaaften scored both of BSU’s goals in a 2-1 victory over Minnesota State University, Moorhead Oct. 13 for the first multi-goal match of her career. 

VanHaaften will leave the program tied for fifth all-time with five career game-winning goals.

Barr saw time in 14 of the Beavers’ 19 matches in 2013 with 12 starts in goal. She finished the season with a 9-5-0 record in 1219:33 minutes played. Her six shutouts ranks second in BSU single-season history and tied her for fourth in the NSIC, while her saver percentage of .878 placed her third and her 0.81 goals against average ranked fourth among her league counterparts. She backstopped a BSU team that allowed just over one goal per game (1.05) to rank sixth in the NSIC.

Barr finished the 2013 campaign holding the BSU all-time record for career goals against average. She has allowed 0.868 goals per game during her 38-game career. Her career save percentage of .867 is tied for second all-time, while her 19 career wins rank third in BSU soccer history.

O’Brien ranked second on the team in scoring in 2013 piling up 17 points in 18 games for BSU. Her seven goals tied her with freshman Sarah Stram (F, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) for BSU’s goal-scoring lead and accounted for one game-winning goal. O’Brien netted three multi-point games, which included a two-goal effort in a 5-0 victory over University of Mary, Oct. 26.

The Maplewood, Minn. native earned NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 28.

O’Brien now has 20 goals in her career, moving her into seventh all-time in goals scored, while her 48 points place her seventh  in BSU soccer history. 

Voeller, who started in all 19 matches for the Beavers as a senior forward, finished the 2013 season with four goals and a team-leading five assists to sit third on the team in scoring with 13 points. She logged a career-high two assists in a 5-0 victory over U-Mary Oct. 26.

With two overtime game-wining goals in 2013, Voeller is tied for second in BSU soccer history.

In addition to the all-conference teams, the NSIC announced its list of individual award winners. Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Korey Kronforst garnered offensive player of the year accolades, Rebecca McCoy of Winona State University was named defensive player of the year, Upper Iowa University’s Aimee Wronski earned the league’s newcomer of the year award and Brienna Dehkes was selected as the NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year. In addition, T.J. Buhholz, who is in his third season as the head coach at Southwest Minnesota State University, was voted coach of the year.

Bemidji State completed the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 12-7-0, while it finished sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 9-6-0 mark in league play.  In 2013, the Beavers posted 12 wins for just the third time in program history and made their fifth consecutive appearance in the NSIC Tournament before seeing their season end Wednesday after a 2-0 quarterfinal loss to University of Minnesota Duluth.

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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).

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