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Kadeisha Buchanan wins Hermann Trophy as best women’s college soccer player

This is the first time a WVU women’s soccer player has won this award, the highest individual honor in the college game.

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Easily the best player WVU women’s soccer has ever sported, Kadehisha Buchanan was named the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, the most outstanding women’s player in college soccer on Tuesday night.

The Missouri Athletic Club has awarded the best male and female player in collegiate soccer with the Hermann Trophy since 1986. The award is voted on by Division 1 soccer coaches, as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Her career at WVU brought many individual awards her way, but her anchoring of the WVU backline in 2016 took the Mountaineers to the national championship final.

While at WVU, the Brampton, Ontario, native has won numerous individual awards. This season, Buchanan was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the Big 12 Tournament Defensive Most Outstanding Player, espnW’s Player of the Year,’s Women’s Player of the Year, among other awards. She is also a three-time NSCAA All-America First Team selection.

Buchanan is a mainstay on the Canadian women’s national soccer team, with 66 caps. She was a member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup team which finished third and won bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. At the Women’s World Cup, she was named the Best Young Player and was one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Ballon d’Or Award.

This season has been very historic for the WVU women’s soccer program, with records for shutouts (18), wins (23) and a trip to the NCAA women’s soccer championship final.

Buchanan is likely to be selected at the top of the National Women’s Soccer League College Draft next week.