AUSTIN, Texas -- Bemidji State University soccer senior Anna Fobbe has been selected to headline the NCAA Division II Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team by being named as the 2018 Division II Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America for her efforts on the field and in the classroom.
The St. Paul, Minn., native becomes the first Bemidji State student-athletes to earn the distinctive All-American of the Year honor, the fourth member of the BSU Soccer program to collect an Academic All-America nod and the 26th BSU student-athlete, which includes now nine first teamers, to be recognized with the Academic All-America 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 17 years and the soccer program has had an academic All-America selection in each of the last four seasons.
A First Team All- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pick and 2018 NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year, Fobbe was the driving force behind the NSIC’s stingiest defense in 2018. As a team, the Beavers allowed just 11 goals, while recording a 0.51 goals against average and 13 shutouts. At 18-1-2, she finished the regular season with the league’s best goals against average (0.46), was tied atop the NSIC shutouts list (11) and was second in save percentage (.896). On a national level, she was third in save percentage and 11th in goals against average. The senior set single-season program marks for wins (18), shutouts (11) and goals against average (0.53), and finished second in career 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. At the conclusion of the season she was selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association Women’s Soccer All-Central Region First Team and Second Team All-Central Region by the United Soccer Coaches.
During her time at Bemidji State, Fobbe placed herself among the greatest goalkeepers in BSU history. Her career record of 39-11-3 places her atop the program’s wins list, her 0.67 goals against average is a BSU all-time best and her 22 career shutouts stands as a program record, while her .866 save percentage is third in Beaver soccer history.
Fobbe, a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection, carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in exercise science-pre-physical therapy. She is a regular on BSU’s Dean's List, BSU’s Athletic Director's 3.0 Club and was the 2017 NSIC Elite 18 award winner for soccer for excellence in academics.
This selection marks the first Academic All-America honor for Fobbe 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 all-district 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. Last year fellow goalkeeper Catherine Arneson was voted First Team Academic All-America after a first team all-district nod.
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dakota Wendell and Abby Bohanski of Winona State University joined Fobbe as First Team Academic All-America honorees, while Minot State University’s Ashley Franco was placed on the second team and Christina Stasi of Wayne State College represented the NSIC earning a spot on the third team.
Bemidji State completed the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 18-1-2 and finished the regular season as one of five teams in the country with an unbeaten record at 17-0-2. BSU earned its first-ever NSIC regular-season title going 14-0-1 in league play. For the second consecutive season, the Beavers earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and as the No. 2 seed, had the opportunity to host the first two rounds. The Beavers used a 3-1 victory over Minot State University to solidify its first NCAA victory before being eliminated by the defending national champion University of Central Missouri, 2-0.
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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).