Frances Silva of West Virginia University lead the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I women’s soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), being named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year.
This marks the third consecutive year that a Big 12 soccer student-athlete has garnered the Academic All-America of the Year. Baylor's Dana Larsen (2012-13) and Oklahoma State's Krista Lopez (2011-12) earned the honors the previous two seasons. Overall, the Big 12 has totaled 21 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year sport winner honorees.
A broadcast journalism and sport management major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Silva is making her first appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division I women’s soccer first team. She guided West Virginia to the Big 12 championship and a 16-4-3 record. The Mountaineers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Big 12 scoring leader, Silva scored 15 goals and set a school record with 13 assists in 2013. She was named as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and earned first team All-Big 12 honors.
A native of Overland Park, Kan., Silva was an All-Big 12 first team selection in 2012 and an All-Big East second team honoree in 2011. In 2010, she was the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2010.
As a junior, she earned Scholar All-East Region Third Team and Academic All-Big 12 Team honors. She finished her career with 38 goals and 98 points, fourth on West Virginia’s career list.
Joining Academic All-America® of the Year Silva on the Capital One Academic All-America® First Team is Texas Tech's Hayley Haagsma. A human development and family studies major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Haagsma led Texas Tech to an 18-2-3 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cerritos, Cal., native is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and earned second team All-Big 12 honors this year. She scored four goals and three assists for a defense that allowed only nine goals all season.