KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four Bemidji State University soccer players have been selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Scholar All-America Team for their efforts on the field and in the classroom. Junior Dani Nelson joined seniors Catherine Arneson and Miranda Famestad as Beavers receiving academic honors from the coaches’ organization.
Famestad was voted onto the All-America Second Team, while Arenson and Nelson appeared on the Third Team.
The tro is among 46 NCAA Division II players across the nation to earn recognition.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be nominated by her head coach and have at least a 3.30 cumulative Grade Point Average, start more than 50-percet of the team’s games and be an elite player supported by playing honors and statistics.
Arneson, who was named 2017 NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year was also recently selected First Team Academic All-America by CoSIDA. She made 14 appearances as a senior, going 8-1-3 in 12 starts and 1,195 minutes in goal. The Fort Collins, Colo., native 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 season seventh in save percentage (.900) and 15th in the country with a goals against average of .527. 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).
She finished her senior season second on BSU’s single-season save percentage list, while her six shutouts tie her for third and her eight wins place 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).
She is an elementary education major with a 3.70 GPA.
Famestad, a First-Team All-NSIC selection and reigning NSIC Defensive Player of the Year was also named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association First Team All-American Team 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.
Famestad carries a 3.5 GPA and is a physical education major.
A Second-Team All-NSIC selection and Second-Team D2CCA All-Region pick, Nelson finished 2017 third on the team in scoring with 16 points. Her six goals and four assists both stood as career highs. Of her 34 shots, 21 landed on goal to place her third on the team in both categories. As a midfielder, Nelson also served as the quarterback of a BSU offense that averaged 2.25 goals per game and allowed just 0.50 to rank second in the NSIC in both categories, while BSU was third in the NSIC averaging over eight shots on goal per game and managed 314 shots (15.70 spg).
In 59 appearances for BSU, the Woodbury, Minn., native had nine goals, eight assists and 26 points.
Nelson is a psychology major with a 3.84 cumulative GPA.
The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Skye Finley was the only other student-athletes recognized that hails from a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member institution.
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).