Mountaineers Sweep Big 12 Soccer Weekly Honors
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 10/01/2013
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The West Virginia trio of Kate Schwindel, Sara Keane and Kadeisha Buchanan have earned Big 12 Soccer weekly accolades for games played from Sept. 27 - 30. The Mountaineers opened conference play with a 2-1 victory at Oklahoma State and a 4-3 victory at No. 12 Baylor ending the Bears’ 17-match home unbeaten streak. This marks the fourth Big 12 weekly award for Keane, while Schwindel picks up her third offensive honor and Buchanan earns the first weekly award of her career.

This marks the first week since Oct. 27, 2009 a school has won all three honors (Missouri).

Offensive Player of the Week
Kate Schwindel, West Virginia, F, Jr., Livingston, N.J.
Schwindel scored a goal and earned an assist in the Mountaineers’ 2-1 win at Oklahoma State and at No. 12 Baylor, giving her six points on the weekend. On Friday she connected on her third shot-on-goal in the 42nd minute, giving the Mountaineers a lead they would never relinquish. She helped extend WVU’s advantage to 2-0, as she sent a cross to sophomore Kelsie Maloney for the team’s second goal. Schwindel helped WVU jump out to a quick 2-0 lead at Baylor on Sunday. She set-up the team’s first score, playing a ball behind two Bears defenders to Maloney, who cashed in on a one-vs.-one situation in the 23rd minute. Schwindel then tallied her own goal 14 minutes later.

Defensive Player of the Week
Sara Keane, West Virginia, GK, Sr., Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Keane made four saves in the first 45 minutes at BU, allowing WVU to enter halftime with a 2-0 advantage. She followed that up with two more saves in the second half, giving her six total. Keane also defended six corner shots from the Bears. In Friday’s contest at Oklahoma State, the  Cowgirl’s lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 87th minute. In the second period Keane came up with the save on a Cowgirl scoring opportunity.

Newcomer of the Week
Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, D, Fr., Brampton, Ontario
Against Oklahoma State, Buchanan helped hold the Cowgirls to five shots, with only two shots on-goal. OSU’s lone goal came in the 87th minute off a penalty kick, and the Cowgirls earned only one corner shot. In Sunday’s contest at Baylor she not only helped the Mountaineer defense post a first-half shutout, she also got into the scoring mix, netting her first career goal in the 60th minute. The WVU defense turned away six BU shots and five corners in the first 45 minutes. In total, they had to defend 15 Bear shots and six corners.

2013 Big 12 Soccer Weekly Awards

 Date Offensive Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week
Newcomer of the Week   
 8/27   
Ashley York (Baylor) Sara Keane (West Virginia) Ashley York (Baylor)
9/3 Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State) Vittoria Arnold (TCU) Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State)
9/10 Frances Silva (West Virginia) Abby Smith (Texas) Isabelle Kerr (Texas)
9/17 Janine Beckie (Texas Tech) Victoria Esson (Texas Tech) Shannon Coffer (TCU)
9/24 Michelle Prokof (TCU) Kaitlyn Stroud (Kansas) Michelle Prokof (TCU)
 10/1
Kate Schwindel (West Virginia) Sara Keane (West Virginia) Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia)
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