– West Virginia University freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan
has been named the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, as voted on by national-team coaches and Canadian club coaches.
A member of the Canadian national youth program since 2010, she has had a steady presence with the national ‘A’ squad throughout the 2013 season and earned Canada’s player of the match honors at five international matches this year.
Buchanan, a Brampton, Ontario, native, was named to the 20-player Canadian Women’s National Team last week and is currently in Brasilia, Brazil, gearing up to compete at the 2013 Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paolo. The squad was originally scheduled to face Scotland today, but the match was pushed back to tomorrow.
A member of the 2013 National Soccer Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-America Second Team, Buchanan had a stellar freshman campaign, starting all 23 matches at center back for the Mountaineers. The Big 12 Conference Defender and Newcomer of the Year, she helped WVU post 10 shutouts, including four in postseason play, and hold its opponents to 24 goals. Buchanan finished with three points (1 G, 1 A).
Buchanan helped lead the No. 12-ranked Mountaineers (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12) to their second straight Big 12 regular-season title and first Big 12 Soccer Championships. The Mountaineers bowed out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Nov. 22 with a 1-0 loss at No. 1-seed Virginia Tech.