KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bemidji State University senior defender Tia Neuharth has earned a spot on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Scholar All-America Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom. As a third-team pick, the organization’s recognition of Neuharth marks the third consecutive season a Beaver has been selected for Scholar All-America honors.
Neuharth is among 40 NCAA Division II female student-athletes across the nation to earn the recognition in 2019.
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.
After two straight seasons on the Division II Scholar All-North/Central First Team, Neuharth makes her first appearance on the Scholar All-America 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.
She finished her senior season atop BSU’s all-time starts list with 78, while she is tied for first in matches played with 79. At 6,554 minutes played, only Alysha Domiano (2007-10) has logged more minutes as a Beaver (6,720). She leaves BSU with three goals, which include a pair of game-winners, and five assists for 11 points.
She is a nursing major with a 3.67 GPA.
Neuharth was one of three honorees hailing from a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member institution. She was joined by Minnesota State University, Mankato midfielder Alesha Duccini (first team) and Concordia University-St. Paul midfielder Haleigh Bares (third team).
Grand Valley State University junior defender Cecillia Steinwascher was selected as the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year.
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).