BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University soccer senior goalkeeper Anna Fobbe, midfielder Dani Nelson and junior defender Tia Neuharth have been selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America College Division Academic All-District® First Team for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.
Fobbe, who was named 2018 NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year, was a First-Team All-NSIC selection, after being the driving force behind the NSIC’s stingiest defense in 2018. As a team, the Beavers allowed just eight goals, while recording a 0.44 goals against average and 13 shutouts. At 17-0-2, she finished the regular season with the league’s best goals against average (0.46), was tied atop the NSIC shutouts list (10) and was second in save percentage (.904). On a national level, she was fifth in save percentage and 15th in goals against average. The senior set single-season program marks for wins (17), shutouts (11) and goals against average (0.43), and matched Kari Torgerson’s 2005 season for a program-best .909 save percentage. The senior posted two shutout streaks of at least 430 minutes, which included a 484:15 string to rank as the third-longest streak of all time at BSU.
Fobbe has placed herself among the greatest goalkeepers in BSU history. Her career record of 38-10-3 places her atop the program’s wins list, her 0.68 goals against average is a BSU all-time best and her 21 career shutouts stands as a program record, while her .861 save percentage is third in BSU soccer history.
Fobbe, a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and 2017 NSIC Elite 18 Award Recipient, carries a 4.00 cumulative GPA in exercise science.
Nelson, a senior captain, pulled in her second All-NSIC honor, earning first-team accolades this fall. Appearing in 17 matches, the midfielder is third on the team in scoring with 14 points. Her two game-winning goals and four assists each match career highs. Of her 35 shots, 13 have landed on goal to place her fourth on the team in both categories.
In 75 matches, the senior has 14 goals, including four game-winners, and 12 assists for 40 points.
Nelson, also a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection, carries a 3.85 cumulative GPA and is a psychology major.
A junior defender, Neuharth is a two-time All-NSIC selection, which includes first-team honors this fall. Neuharth started all 19 matches and played in a team-high 1,677 minutes to anchor a backline that established BSU single-season records while leading the league in goals allowed, goals allowed average and shutouts. BSU surrendered just over eight shots per game and allowed a meager four shots on goal per match. The junior also chipped in offensively posting career-highs with two goals and two assists. In addition, both of her goals stood as game-winners to rank third on the team.
In 58 games played, Neuharth has three goals and five assist for 11 points.
Neuharth is a two-time Academic All-NSIC honoree and caries a 3.64 GPA in nursing.
Due to Fobbe, Nelson and Neuharth’s first team nods, they will now be included on the 2018-19 College Division CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot.
This selection marks the first time any of the trio have earned Academic All-District honors and continues a long line of BSU soccer players honored for academic success. Cristina Egnell was the first to be named to a squad when she was named to the third team in 2004. In 2005, she was named to the 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 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 nod in 2013 and Sarah Stram was a two-time all-district pick (2015, 2016) and earned Academic All-America honors following the 2016 season. Last season, Cat Arneson and Raquel Thelen earned a spot on the All-District 7 Team before Arenson would go on to earn First Team Academic All-America recognition.
The Beavers, who finished the regular season 17-0-2 overall and 14-0-1 in league play, clinched its first NSIC regular-season title and earned the right to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 9 and 11 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium. The second-seeded Beavers will host the No. 7 seed Minot State University (13-5-3) in the tournament’s opening round. Opening kick is set for 2 p.m. Friday.
BSU has now had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last 16 years and boasts 22 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.
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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).