Peterson, Stumbaugh, Wendt earn D2CCA All-Region recognition

Peterson, Stumbaugh, Wendt earn D2CCA All-Region recognition
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Peterson, Stumbaugh, Wendt earn D2CCA All-Region recognition

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Three Bemidji State University soccer players have been recognized by the Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association organization for outstanding play in 2021. Juniors Halle Peterson and Alyssa Stumbaugh garnered first-team accolades, while BSU’s leading scorer Sara Wendt has been voted onto the all-region second team.

First-time all-region selection and First-Team All-NSIC pick, Peterson was a pivotal part of a BSU backline that has ranked among the league’s best allowing just 15 goals and 0.65 goals per match to sit second in the NSIC and 24th in the country while contributing to 14 shutouts. She ranks second to only teammate Megan Dahl on the BSU roster in minutes played at 1,915. Offensively, the junior led all defenders and ranks sixth on the team with three goals and one assist for seven points. Her single-season career-best three goals rank her fifth on the team.

In 32 matches, the junior has piled up three goals and one assist for seven career points. 

Goalkeeper Stumbaugh also earns her first all-region honor. She has netted 11 solo shutouts this season, to match BSU great Anna Fobbe for a single-season record, and combined forces for two team shutouts while leading a BSU defensive unit that was second in the NSIC allowing just 0.58 goals per match during the regular season. She leads all BSU goalkeepers with a 0.58 goals-against average and .864 save percentage, sitting second among NSIC goalkeepers and among the top 20 goalies in the nation. She completed the regular season and opened the postseason with a string of 582:09 to establish a new program record. Her 17-1-2 record places her second on BSU's single-season wins list. 

Wendt logs her first all-region award as a member of the Central Region’s first team. One of three BSU players to start each of the team’s 23 matches, she leads the team with 41 points on a career-best 19 goals and three assists. She led the NSIC lead in goal scoring during the regular season and accounted for a league-best seven game-winning goals to rank among the nation's leaders. She is second on the team and fourth in the NSIC with 85 shots and seventh in the league with 38 shots on goal. From Sept. 12 to Sept. 19, she led BSU to a 3-0-0 record while scoring six of the Beavers' seven goals and assisting on the other.

In 67 matches as a Beavers, Wendt has accumulated 35 goals (3rd), including a BSU record 16 game-winners, and 13 assists to sit fourth on BSU’s all-time scoring list with 83 points.

In all, a total of 12 institutions had at least one student-athlete named to the first and second teams. In addition to Kassie Newsom being selected as the region’s player of the year, the University of Central Missouri led the region with four selections, while Minnesota State University, BSU, Southwest Oklahoma State University, and Central Oklahoma University each had three honorees.

The 13 members of the All-Central Region first team, including Peterson and Stumbaugh, will now be placed on the national ballot for All-America consideration. The All-America teams will be released Dec. 7. 

The D2CCA encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of high education. The D2CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies, and regulations that impact NCAA Division II athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

Bemidji State (19-1-3; 13-0-2 NSIC) garnered a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and opened play sixth-seeded Central Oklahoma University in the Central Region’s first round. The Beavers and Bronchos played to a scoreless tie, but BSU advanced to the second round winning in penalty kicks, 5-3. BSU then defeated Emporia State University, 1-0, to advance to the third round of the national tournament for the first time in program history and establish a BSU record for wins in a season. 

The Beavers will now face Central Missouri Dec. 3 in Allendale, Mich. The third-round match is set to begin and 3 p.m.

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).