2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist: Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia University
A four-time NSCAA All-American, Kadeisha Buchanan is a MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist for the second straight season. A native of Brampton, Ontario, she anchored a Mountaineer defense which posted a nation- and program-best 18 shutouts this season en route to the NCAA College Cup Final. In the program’s first College Cup appearance, WVU finished second overall, falling 3-1 to USC in the final on Dec. 4.
Buchanan, the four-time reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has collected a slew of postseason awards, including espnW and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year honors. She also was named the Honda Sport Award winner for soccer and the 2016 NCAA Tournament Defensive MVP. A finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, she was named to the award’s All-America First Team.
The only WVU women’s soccer player to receive All-America honors in all four seasons in Morgantown, she also is a four-time All-Big 12 honoree and has won four Academic All-Big 12 awards, three Big 12 Tournament Defensive MVP honors and the 2015 Soccer News Net Women’s College Boot award.
A two-time team captain, she and the WVU defense allowed just 12 opponent goals this season. The Mountaineers did not allow a goal throughout the Big 12 Conference regular-season slate, becoming the first time in conference history to pitch a season shutout in league play. The defense held each Big 12 team but one to two shots or less on-goal en route to its fifth straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title. The Mountaineers also claimed the Big 12 Championship crown, sweeping the conference titles for the third time in five years. WVU finished with a program-record 23 victories.
Buchanan started 90-of-91 career matches, and the WVU backline allowed just 62 opponent goals and posted 55 shutouts since she joined the team in 2013.
Buchanan tallied nine points (3 G, 3 A) in 2016, including an assist on the team’s game-winner in its 1-0 victory over Duke in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. She posted 25 (8 G, 9 A) career points in four seasons.
A starter for the full Canadian National Team, Buchanan helped Canada claim the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Best Yong Player honoree, she also was named the 2015 BMO Canadian Player of the Year.