Famestad named to All-America Team to cap collegiate career

Famestad named to All-America Team to cap collegiate career
Monday, December 4, 2017
Famestad named to All-America Team to cap collegiate career

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.  -- Bemidji State University soccer senior Miranda Famestad been selected to the 2017 Division II Conference Commissioners Association Women’s Soccer All-America Team. She was named to the First Team after leading the BSU soccer program to a program-best 15-1-4 overall record and its first NCAA Tournament berth.

Famestad becomes just the third BSU player to earn All-America accolades. She follows Kari Torgerson, who earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches) All-America Second Team in 2005 and Alshlee Ellefsen, who was named to the D2CCA, formerly Daktronics, Honorable Mention All-America squad in 2008.

Famestad, a First-Team All-NSIC selection and reigning NSIC Defensive Player of the Year was also named to the Division II United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region First Team in addition to a First Team All-Region pick by D2CCA at the conclusion of the season. She anchored a BSU defensive unit that surrendered just 10 goals overall and seven goals in league play to rank second in the NSIC. She led a unit that posted 12 shutouts in 20 matches, which included a 377:18 shutout streak to open the season. In all, the BSU defense allowed just 213 shots in 20 matches (10.65 spg) and 98 (4.9 sogpg) shots on goal. The BSU back line protected a goalkeeping duo that ranked second in the league in goals allowed (0.50) and goals allowed average (0.48). Offensively, the senior was sixth on the team in scoring with three goals and a career-high two assists for eight points, logging 1,484 minutes, while starting 19-of-20 BSU contests in 2017 to sit fourth on the team.

In 76 appearances as a Beaver, the Sioux Falls, S.D., native logged 14 goals and three assists for 33 points.

At 15-1-4 overall, Bemidji State completed the 2017 regular season as one of four teams in the country with an unbeaten record of 14-0-3 and made a run of five straight weeks ranked in the top 20 of the United Soccer Coaches national poll, including a No. 14 nod the final week of the regular season. BSU finished second in the NSIC with a 12-0-3 mark and made its ninth straight appearance in the NSIC Tournament. After quarterfinal exit, BSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, where it dropped a scoreless draw, 5-4 in a shoot out, to Augustana University in the first round.

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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).