KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bemidji State University’s Tia Neuharth and Melanie Peltier have been selected to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Scholar All-North/Central Team for their efforts on the pitch and in the classroom. Neuharth earned a spot on the first-team, while Melanie Peltier was named to the second team.
The pair from BSU are among 34 NCAA Division II players from the North/Central region, made up of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, to earn recognition. The Beavers accounted for two of the 11 players hailing from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference that were selected for the honor.
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-percent of the team’s games and be an elite player supported by playing honors and statistics.
Neuharth makes her second consecutive appearance on the Division II Scholar All-North/Central First Team. A three-time All-NSIC selection and two-time first-team pick, she started all 19 games on the Beavers’ back line and played in a team-high 1,720 minutes. A captain and key member of a BSU defensive unit that allowed just eight goals during the Beavers’ 15-game NSIC schedule, or .517 goals per NSIC game, to rank second in the league, while its .680 overall goals against average placed it among the top 50 teams in the nation. In addition, BSU posted seven shutouts. Neuharth was also selected to the United Soccer Coaches’ All-Central Region First Team following the season.
As a first-team selection by the region’s coaches, Neuharth will be forwarded on the United Soccer Coaches All-America ballots.
Peltier, a Division II Scholar All-North/Central Second-Team pick in back-to-back seasons, ranked fourth on the team scoring two goals and three assists in 15 games before sustaining a season-ending injury. Both of her goals stood as game-winners. The team’s top midfielder funneled the ball through traffic to an offense that posted 24 goals while fronting a defensive unit that was one of the stingiest in the league. For her efforts on the field, she was selected to the All-NSIC Second Team and United Soccer Coaches’ All-Central Region Third Team following the 2019 campaign.
The Beavers completed the 2019 season at 12-6-1 overall and 11-3-1 versus NSIC competition to finish fourth in the league standings and lock down their 10th consecutive appearance in the NSIC Tournament with a No. 4 seed and were ranked No. 8 in the region.
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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).