– West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Frances Silva
has been named to the 2013 Soccer America MVP Second Team.
Silva, a senior out of Overland Park, Kan., is the fourth Mountaineer to earn the honor and the first since Greer Barnes was named to the second team in 2008. She is the only Big 12 Conference student-athlete recognized.
Today’s honor is the second award of the week for Silva, as she was named the Big 12 Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-America Second Team, Silva was one of 15 semifinalist for the 2013 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and a unanimous selection as the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. She led the Big 12 in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43) and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Additionally, Silva was the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year and named to the NSCAA Women’s Scholar All-America First Team.
Silva led the Mountaineers to two Big 12 titles this season, as the team won its second straight regular-season championship and its first Big 12 Soccer Tournament. The Mountaineers (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12) finished the year ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings. WVU advanced to its 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 1-0 loss at No. 1-seed Virginia Tech in the second round on Nov. 22.