INDIANAPOLIS -- Bemidji State University Soccer student-athlete Anna Fobbe has been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Fobbe was one of a record 585 female college athletes nominated for the award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
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.
In the classroom, Fobbe was a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team selection, the 2018 NCAA Division II Soccer Academic All-American of the Year and was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team. She was also a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and carried a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in exercise science-pre-physical therapy. She was a regular on BSU’s Dean's List, BSU’s Athletic Director's 3.0 Club and was on the President's List each semester she was enrolled. In addition, she was the 2017 NSIC Elite 18 award winner for soccer for excellence in academics.
Next, conferences around the country will select up to two nominees to forward on from the pool of member schools. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.