– West Virginia University freshmen Kadeisha Buchanan
and Ashley Lawrence
will travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to train with the Canadian Women’s National Team in preparation for the squad’s 2014 home opener against the United States Women’s National Team.
“It is such an honor for an athlete to not only represent her country, but also her University, at the highest competitive level,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Moving into the summer months, I’m so excited to track Kadeisha and Ashley’s development as they continue to train with the Canadian Women’s National Team.”
Canada and the United States will meet for the second time this year on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field, in Winnipeg. Kick is set for 8 p.m. ET.
Buchanan, a Brampton, Ontario, native, has been a steady fixture on the women’s national team as of late. The defender saw time at this year’s Cyprus Cup and at December’s Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paolo. Additionally, she played the full 90 minutes in the team’s 1-0 loss to Team USA on Jan. 31.
This week’s camp is Lawrence’s first appearance with the women’s national team since training at the squad’s Toronto camp last spring. A midfielder out of Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence made her debut with the national team in December of 2012.
Buchanan and Lawrence are staring down a busy summer, as they also are expected to represent Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada, set for Aug. 5-24.
The 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, Buchanan started all 23 matches at center back for the Mountaineers last season and helped the WVU defense post 10 shutouts. She was named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-America Second Team, the first Mountaineer rookie to earn NSCAA All-America honors, and also earned Big 12 Conference Defender and Rookie of the Year honors.
Lawrence started 20 of 23 matches in her Mountaineer debut season and tallied 12 points on four goals and four assists, including the game-winner in WVU’s 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Soccer Tournament final. The All-Big 12 honoree also was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Central Region First Team.
The duo helped the No. 12-ranked Mountaineers to their second straight Big 12 regular-season title and first Big 12 Soccer Tournament title. WVU advanced to its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament and concluded its season in the second round.