MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two starters from the Big 12 champion West Virginia University women’s soccer team were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI, recognizing 33 upperclassmen and 22 freshmen for outstanding 2013 performances.
Senior forward Frances Silva
was named to the upperclassmen second team, while freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan
was named to the freshmen first team. The Brampton, Ontario, native was a finalist for the TopDrawerSoccer.com Rookie of the Year honor.
Both named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-America Second Team this month, the pair has collected a slew of honors. Silva, an Overland Park, Kan., native, was one of 15 semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and the unanimous Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, while Buchanan was selected as the Big 12 Defender and Newcomer of the Year.
The All-Big 12 First Team performers started all 23 matches for WVU this season. Silva led the conference in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43), and Buchanan helped the Mountaineer defense post 10 shutouts, including four in postseason play.
Silva was named to the NSCAA Women’s Scholar All-America First Team yesterday and was tabbed the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in November.
Buchanan, the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, is currently competing with the Canadian Women’s National Team at the 2013 Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paolo. The squad played to a 0-0 draw against Brazil on Dec. 18, and Buchanan played all 90 minutes on the back line. Canada will face Scotland on Sunday, Dec. 22, in the tournament’s third-place game. Canada defeated Scotland, 2-0, on Dec. 12.
The Mountaineers (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12) scored their second straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title en route to their first Big 12 Soccer Tournament championship. WVU finished the year ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings and advanced to its 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.