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Big 12 Places Nine on NSCAA All-Central Region Team
December 04, 2013

Nine Big 12 soccer student-athletes were named to the 2013 NSCAA All-Central Region team. The league placed five on the first team,  two on the second team and two on the third team. West Virginia's Nikki-Izzo Brown was named the Central Region Coach of the Year.

Big 12 regular season and postseason champion West Virginia netted the most overall selections as four Mountaineers were recognized.

First team members from the conference include Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech), Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia),  Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia) and Frances Silva (West Virginia). Each of the five first team selections were named to the 2013 All-Big 12 First Team. Silva was named the league’s offensive player of the year while Buchanan earned the defensive and newcomer honor. Silva was also named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year last week.

Texas and Texas Tech each placed two on the All-Central Region team while Oklahoma State added one honoree. The 2013 NSCAA All-America  teams will be announced Friday, Dec. 6.

Izzo-Brown’s coach of the year honor is the fourth of her career and first since 2007. The reigning two-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, she has earned eight combined conference and regional coach of the year honors since 2000. Izzo-Brown is now one of eight candidates for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year award.

2013 NSCAA All-Central Region Team

Central Region Coach of the Year: Nikki Izzo-Brown - West Virginia

First Team

Pos. Name Class     
School Hometown
D Kadeisha Buchanan    Fr. West Virginia     Brampton, Ontario
D Jaelene Hinkle Jr. Texas Tech Denver, Colo.
M Ashley Lawrence Fr. West Virginia Caledon, Ontario
F Janine Beckie So. Texas Tech Highland Ranch, Colo.
F Frances Silva Sr. West Virginia          Overland Park, Kan.

Second Team

Pos. Name Class     
School Hometown
GK Abby Smith                  So. Texas Dallas, Texas   
F Kate Schwindel Jr. West Virginia          Livingston, N.J.

Third Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
M Sharis Lachappelle     Jr.             Texas San Antonio, Texas   
M Allie Stephenson So. Oklahoma State    Lee's Summit, Mo.
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