West Virginia defender Kadeisha Buchanan is one of three finalists for the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The award represents the highest level of individual achievement in women's soccer.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Buchanan is the first finalist in WVU’s 20-year history. Five different Mountaineers were previously semifinalists for the honor, including Buchanan and junior midfielder Ashley Lawrence this season.
“This honor is a testament to Kadeisha’s strive for greatness,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “She not only pushes herself to be the best, but she also pushes her teammates to be their best, too. Her focus and hard work have placed her in a category of greatness, and it is a huge honor for her to be WVU’s first MAC Hermann Trophy finalist. I am so proud that Kadeisha’s efforts are being recognized. She is a great representation of the best in our college game.”
The other two women’s finalists are Penn State senior midfielder Raquel Rodriguez and Virginia senior defender Emily Sonnet.
Buchanan, a three-time NSCAA All-America and two-time first team honoree, anchored a Mountaineer back line that recorded 15 shutouts this season, a program record, and allowed a program-low 11 opponent goals. The three-time reigning Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Buchanan and the WVU defense also put together a program-record nine-match shutout streak this season (Aug. 28 – Sept. 25).
Buchanan helped the Mountaineers claim their fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title this year. WVU advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, the second appearance in program history, and accumulated 19 victories, a program record. WVU was ranked in the top 10 nationally each week but two this year and hit a program-high No. 2 ranking twice.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and is presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year’s trophy presentation and banquet will take place Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.