MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– WVU’s Kadeisha Buchanan received the 2015 Hyundai Young Player Award at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for her work on the Canadian National Team.
Buchanan was one of three nominated for the award. Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg and Chinese midfielder Jiali Tang were the other nominees.
The 19-year-old center back from Brampton, Ont. anchored the Canadian backline that surrendered just three goals in five games.
The Hyundai Young Player Award was created to recognize players born after 1995. Nominees are rated according to the following criteria: exceptional skill level, youthful and refreshing playing style, creativity and inspiration, tactical maturity and efficiency, fan recognition through entertaining performances, role model for young players, positive attitude and fair play.
Buchanan is a junior who started 19 of 20 games for the Mountaineers last season. She registered 17 shots and scored three goals, and has been recognized for her outstanding defensive play.
Buchanan earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. She was the Mountaineers’ MVP in 2014, helping WVU record 12 shutouts.
Buchanan and fellow WVU teammate Ashley Lawrence are the first two active women’s soccer team players named to a World Cup team.
Canada exited the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to England in the quarterfinals.