MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer defender Kadeisha Buchanan
has been named to the 2014 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy Watch List, released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The award is college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport. Players are selected to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members.
Buchanan is one of four sophomores named to the watch list. In total, 35 athletes were named to the list, including 2013 winner, Morgan Brian of Virginia. A Brampton, Ontario, native, Buchanan is one of eight defenders on the list.
“The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious award in college soccer, and for WVU to have a sophomore named to the watch list reflects huge on what Kadeisha brings to the game and also what this program is capable of producing,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.
Buchanan is the 10th Mountaineer since 2003 named to the list and the first sophomore to earn the preseason honor; Deana Everrett was added to the watch list during the middle of her sophomore season in 2006. Frances Silva was named to the list during the 2013 season and was one of 15 semifinalist last season. WVU has had three semifinalists and one finalist since 2003.
A NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Second Team honoree, Buchanan is coming off a stellar rookie season that saw her win two Big 12 Conference titles with the Mountaineers and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named the Big 12 Conference Defender and Newcomer of the Year and also was the Big 12 Tournament Defensive MVP.
Buchanan is currently competing with the Canadian Women’s U-20 National Team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada. The squad, which also features Mountaineer sophomore Ashley Lawrence
and redshirt-freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis
, suffered a 1-0 loss in its opening match against Ghana last evening, in Toronto. Buchanan also was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI First Team on Tuesday.
Also announced today was the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason College Rankings, and WVU checks in at No. 12. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 12 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings of 2013. WVU is the highest-ranked Big 12 Conference team, with Texas Tech following at No. 17. UCLA, the reigning NCAA champion, ranks No. 1, with Florida State at No. 2, Virginia at No. 3, North Carolina at No. 4 and Virginia Tech at No. 5.
The Mountaineers opened their 2014 preseason camp today at Dreamswork Field. Following two exhibitions next week, WVU, the two-time defending Big 12 Conference regular-season champions and 2013 Big 12 Soccer Tournament champions, opens its season at Penn State, ranked No. 24 in today’s poll, on Friday, Aug. 22, with kick from Jeffrey Field scheduled for 7:30 p.m.