MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore defender Kadeisha Buchanan
of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team was named to the College Sports Madness 2014 Preseason All-America First Team.
“It’s good to see Kadeisha recognized for her hard work,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “She’s going to be an exciting player to watch this season.”
The Brampton, Ontario, native was the only Big 12 Conference athlete named to the first team.
Buchanan also was named College Sports Madness’ Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, while Izzo-Brown was named the Preseason Coach of the Year. Buchanan, senior forward Kate Schwindel
and sophomore forward Ashley Lawrence
were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Big 12 First Team, while juniors Kelsie Maloney
(forward) and Amanda Hill
(midfield) were named to the second team.
College Sports Madness ranked the Mountaineers No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 15 overall.
The 2013 Big 12 Conference Defender and Newcomer of the Year, Buchanan has garnered praise throughout the 2014 preseason. She was named to the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy Watch List on Aug. 6 and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI First Team on Aug. 5.
Buchanan is currently competing at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada alongside Lawrence and Amandine Pierre-Louis
. The team earned its first win on Aug. 8, using three second-half goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and defeat Finland, 3-2, at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto. The squad suffered a 1-0 loss to Ghana in its tournament opener on Aug. 5. The Canadians conclude group play against Korea DPR tomorrow, with a 7 p.m. match at Olympic Stadium, in Montreal, Quebec.