AUSTIN, Texas -- Bemidji State University Soccer senior Catherine Arneson has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America College Division Academic All-America® First Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom.
The Fort Collins, Colo. native becomes the third member of the BSU Soccer program to earn Academic All-America nod and the 24th BSU student-athlete, which includes eight first teamers, to be recognized with the honor dating back to 1977.
BSU has now had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last 16 years and the soccer program has had an academic all-America selection in each of the last three seasons.
Arneson, who was named 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, is a two-time All-NSIC selection, earing First Team accolades in 2017 following a 2016 second-team award and garnered United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region Second Team laurels just a week ago. She posted an 8-1-3 record in 14 appearances, 12 starts and 1,195 minutes in 2017. Arneson finished the regular season fourth in the NSIC in goals against average (.0.52), second in save percentage (.889) and fourth in shutouts (6). She ranked among the nation's top goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage all season and finished the regular season fourth in save percentage (.913) and sixth in the country with a goals against average of .381. The senior opened the season with a 626:41 shutout streak, not allowing her first goal until her eighth appearance of 2017 and led a goalkeeping duo that was second in the league in goals allowed (0.50) and goals allowed average (0.48).
Arenson completed her senior season second on BSU’s single-season save percentage list, while her six shutouts tie her for third and her eight wins placed her seventh. She leaves BSU third all-time in career goals against average (0.99) and shutouts (10), fourth in career save percentage (.850) and wins (20), and seventh all-time in saves (159).
Arneson, a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection, carries a 3.70 cumulative GPA in elementary education. She is a regular on BSU’s Dean's List and Athletic Director's 3.0 Club.
This selection marks the first Academic All-America honor for Arneson and extends a long line of BSU soccer players honored for academic success. Cristina Egnell was the first to be named to a squad when she earned all-district third team honors in 2004. In 2005, she was named first team and Erin Foss earned third-team honors. Egnell later became the first BSU soccer Academic All-America honoree when she was named to the first team at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Megan Wallner garnered third team all-district accolades in 2007, Alysha Domiano was named to the third team in 2010 and Hillary Duff was a two-time all-district selection, earning first team honors in 2011. Tiffany VanHaaften earned a spot on the squad in 2012 and 2013, which included a first team all-district nod in 2013, before Sarah Stram pulled in all-district laurels in 2015 and 2016, and was named Third Team All-America in 2015 and First Team All-America to conclude the 2016 campaign.
Arneson was joined by Winona State University’s Abby Bohanski, who was selected to the third team, as the only representatives of NSIC member institutions recognized with soccer All-America honors.
At 15-1-4 overall, Bemidji State completed the 2017 regular season as one of four teams in the country with an unbeaten record at 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).