MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team will be represented at The ESPYs, as five-time All-American Kadeisha Buchanan is a nominee for the Best Female College Athlete.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Buchanan is nominated against: Inky Ajanaku (Stanford volleyball), Kelly Barnhill (Florida softball), Kelsey Plum (Washington basketball) and Zoe Stukenberg (Maryland lacrosse).
The 2017 ESPYS, hosted by Peyton Manning, are live on ABC on Wednesday, July 12, at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Fans have the chance to select the winners by voting online or via mobile HERE
The most decorated WVU women’s soccer student-athlete, Buchanan’s nomination follows a slew of awards and honors she has earned since last July. The 2016 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy winner and the program’s first four-time NSCAA All-American, she also was named the 2016 espnW and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year. Additionally, she was the Honda Sport Award winner for soccer and is one of 12 nominees for the Collegiate Women Sports Awards’ Honda Cup, awarded to the nation’s Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year; the honor will be presented live on national television on Monday, June 26, at 9 p.m. EST.
Buchanan also was a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award and was named to the award’s All-America First Team. Additionally, she earned her fourth straight Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honors. She capped her Mountaineer career with four Academic All-Big 12 awards, three Big 12 Tournament Defensive MVP honors and the 2015 Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot Award.
A two-time team captain, Buchanan and the WVU defense posted a nation- and program-best 18 shutouts in 2016 and allowed just 12 opponent goals en route to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA College Cup, where she was named the NCAA Tournament Defensive MVP. Also this season, Buchanan and the WVU defense denied each conference team a goal and held all but one squad to two shots or less. The Mountaineers swept the Big 12 Conference regular-season and championship crowns for the third time in four years and finished with a program-record 23 victories.
Buchanan started 90-of-91 career matches, and the WVU backline allowed just 62 opponent goals and posted 55 shutouts throughout her four-year career. She tallied nine points (3 G, 3 A) in 2016, including an assist on the team’s game-winner in its 1-0 victory over Duke in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Buchanan finished with 25 (8 G, 9 A) career points.
A starter for the full Canadian National Team, Buchanan helped Canada claim the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Young Player honoree, she also was named the 2015 BMO Canadian Player of the Year.
Currently playing with Olympique Lyonnais, Buchanan helped Lyon win the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Coupe de France Feminine and Division 1 Feminine this year.