West Virginia's Kadeisha Buchanan and Frances Silva have been named to the 2013 NSCAA All-America Second Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Texas Tech's Jaelene Hinkle was placed on the third team.
Buchanan is the first Mountaineer rookie to earn NSCAA All-America honors. The Brampton, Ontario, native started all 23 matches at center back and helped the WVU defense post 10 shutouts, including four in postseason play, and hold its opponents to 24 goals. The Big 12 Conference Defender and Rookie of the Year also tallied three points this year (1 G, 1 A).
Silva, a senior forward, was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy earlier this week. The Overland Park, Kan., native’s latest honor is just one of the many awards she has received this year, as she also was a unanimous selection as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and the Big 12 Championship Offensive MVP. An All-Big 12 First Team selection, she led the conference in goals (15), assists (13), and points (43), and currently ranks 23rd, seventh and 10th in the NCAA in the respective categories. Her assist total is a WVU single-season record, while her point total ranks second all-time and her goal mark ranks fourth.
The duo helped lead the Mountaineers (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12) to their second straight Big 12 regular-season title and first Big 12 Soccer Championship this season. The Mountaineers bowed out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Nov. 22 with a 1-0 loss at No. 1-seed and College Cup-bound Virginia Tech.
A standout defender and 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection, Hinkle paced the Red Raiders with six assists in 2013 as Tech made its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. With the impressive season Hinkle moved into fourth all-time at Texas Tech in the category with 15 assists in her stellar career. Three of her assists came in conference play and one came in a 3-0 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hinkle was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Central Region First Team earlier this week, marking her third consecutive season to be recognized on the regional level.
Hinkle was pivotal in Texas Tech's record-breaking 2013 season in which the Red Raiders won a school record 18 games while making a return trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
2013 NSCAA All-America Team
|D||Kadeisha Buchanan||Fr.||West Virginia||Brampton, Ontario|
|F||Frances Silva||Sr.||West Virginia||Overland Park, Kan.|
|D||Jaelene Hinkle||Jr.||Texas Tech||Denver, Colo.|