Izzo-Brown Top Coach, and More Notes


WOMEN'S SOCCER BLOG
By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
July 21, 2014 02:58 PM

Kadeisha Buchanan was one of three Mountaineers to take the field with the Canadian U-20 Team this weekend in Mexico City.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s soccer team found itself in the news last week. Let’s catch up!
 
According to Chris Henderson at the blog All White Kit, 19-year Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown ranks No. 6 on his 2014 CoachRank. A tool he developed to measure the success of Division I women’s soccer coaches, Izzo-Brown checks in with a score of 71.35 based on a 0-100 scale. She is the top-ranking Big 12 Conference coach, with the next closest coach, Oklahoma State’s Colin Carmichael, checking in at No. 24 (51.67).
 
CoachRank is a data-driven, objective system of measuring coach performance over at least a three-year period of time. All information to generate the first poll dates back to the 2009 season. For more information on the poll, and to see the complete list, visit www.AllWhiteKit.com.
 
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The Canadian Women’s Under-20 National Team traveled to Mexico City over the weekend for two friendlies in preparation for August’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada. Sophomores Kadeisha Buchanan (defender) and Ashley Lawrence (midfield) earned the start in Friday and Sunday’s matches, while freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis (forward) started on Sunday.
 
The Canadians failed to get on the board, playing to a 0-0 draw on Friday and falling 3-0 yesterday.
 
“I think we were disappointed not to get a result based on the performance we had,” coach Andrew Olivieri said following Friday’s match. “We created chances, and we did a great job shutting down their opportunities. You know you’d hope to get a game like this with a win.”
 
 
It was a busy week for the trio of Mountaineers, as the roster was announced at a media event in Toronto, Ontario, on July 16. The squad immediately flew to Mexico City for training preceding its matches.
 
Canada is playing in Group A and will open the competition in Toronto with a match against Ghana on Aug. 5 and with Finland on Aug. 8. The team will conclude the group stage on Aug. 12 against Korea DPR in Montreal.
 
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Mountaineer All-American Frances Silva was one of three finalist for the 2014 Kevin Gray Adult Player of the Year Award. The Kevin Gray Awards were established in honor of Kevin Gray, the late Kansas City Sports Commission president. Gray was exceedingly passionate about soccer and its growth in the Kansas City area. The Kevin Gray Player of the Year Award recognize players for their excellence on the field.
 
Silva, an Overland Park, Kan., native, finished in the top three on the strength of her outstanding final season at WVU which saw her lead the Mountaineers to two Big 12 titles and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A NSCAA Second Team All-American, she was named the unanimous Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
 
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Though Silva has left Morgantown and is busy play professionally for FC Kansas City, she still has the chance to win one last Big 12 Conference honor, as she is WVU’s female candidate for the Big 12 Athlete of the Year award.
 
Fans can help determine the 2013-14 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year winner by voting HERE. Voting will conclude on Monday, July 21, at 12:59 a.m. ET. Fans are permitted to vote once per day and can enter for a chance to win Big 12 prizes by participating.
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