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Nov. 9—BEMIDJI — Bemidji State womens soccer fifth-year Halle Peterson was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday morning, while six Beavers earned All-Conference honors.

Peterson joins fifth-year Maggie Cade and junior Maria Stocke as All-NSIC First Team selections, while senior Lauren Hodny, sophomore Katrina Barthelt and freshman Megan Ko were All-NSIC Second Team selections.

Peterson is the fourth NSIC Defensive Player of the Year selection for Bemidji State and the third consecutive Beaver to be honored with the award after Megan Dahl won it in back-to-back seasons in 2021 and 2022.

The Stillwater native was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career and made the All-NSIC First Team for the third time. At center-back for the Beavers, Peterson led the backline that finished second in the NSIC by allowing just 13 goals during the regular season and totaled a second-best nine clean sheets. She also helped anchor the Beavers defense that allowed a conference-low 61 shots on goal.

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Peterson started 18 games during the regular season. She led the team with 1,508 minutes, playing 93.1 percent of the teams total minutes. Peterson also contributed to the Beavers offense from the backline, tying for third on the team with three goals and totaled six points, including a two-goal effort at Minnesota Crookston.

With the NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor, Peterson is a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection.

Cade joined Peterson as an All-NSIC First Team selection, earning the accolade for the first time in her career. Cade also helped stymie opponents offenses as a defensive midfielder and helped hold opponents to just 13 goals during the regular season. Cade also started all 18 games during the regular season and was third on the team with 1,111 minutes played, including playing in all 90 minutes against Minnesota Duluth in the regular-season finale that secured home-field advantage for the first round of the NSIC Tournament. Offensively, she contributed two assists on the season and four shots on goal.

Stocke earned All-NSIC First Team recognition for the first time in her career after being named to the second team last season. Starting all 18 games as a midfielder during the regular season, Stocke tied for second on the team with eight points by scoring four goals. She totaled the second most minutes on the pitch for the Beavers at 1,124 and led the Beavers with a .222 shooting percentage, scoring four goals on 18 shots. As the primary penalty kicker for BSU, Stocke scored two of her goals off the penalty kick to tie for the conference lead.

Hodny earned her first career All-NSIC selection after being named to the second team previously in her career. Hodny appeared in all 18 games, making 16 starts during the regular season, and was fifth on the team with four points off two goals. As an attacking midfielder, she was third on the team with 12 shots on goal and 27 total shots. She is recently coming off her first career three-point effort after scoring the game-tying goal and later assisting on the game-winning goal in the Beavers 2-1 extra-time victory over Augustana in the first round of the NSIC Tournament.

Barthelt earned the first All-NSIC accolade of her collegiate career after pacing the Beavers offense with 22 points off 10 goals and two assists. She finished second in the NSIC in the scoring race with a career-best 10 goals while finishing third in the conference in points. Five of her goals proved to be game-winners to tie for the most in the conference. She posted the second most shots on goal (35) in the NSIC. She posted two multi-goal efforts twice this season, including a career-high five-point game (2g-1a) at Minnesota Crookston on Sept. 15, where she earned her first career NSIC Offensive Player of the Week award.

In her first collegiate season, Ko earned an All-NSIC Second Team honor. Appearing in all 18 games during the regular season and making 17 starts at left-back, Ko posted one assist and three shots on goal while contributing to the BSU defense. She played in 1,019 minutes on the pitch during the regular season and tied for second on the team with the fewest fouls (4) to help shut down the Beavers opponents. She recorded her first collegiate point at Minot State on Oct. 15.

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