Golden Tigers Soccer Scores an ‘Unprecedented’ 4 Players in All-America Selections
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named an unprecedented four Brenau University Golden Tigers soccer players as All-America team members for the 2013 season.
The honorees included first-team selection Esther Anyanwu from Lagos, Nigeria, who also won first-team recognition on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-America team for her outstanding season. The Southern States Athletic Conference previously honored Anyanwu as its Player of the Year.
Also, Linda Chukwuji, also from Lagos, received second-team All-American honors on both the NAIA and NSCAA/Continental Tire teams.
And, Golden Tigers Tori Brown from Windermere, Fla., and Elizabeth Campbell from Richmond Hill, Ga., won third-team accolades from the NAIA.
Anyanwu was the only SSAC player named as either NAIA or NSCAA All-American first teams. The senior forward led the Golden Tigers in scoring and points. She was the national leader in total goals scored. Anyanwu was selected to the third team in 2012 for both the NAIA and NSCAA.
Both she and Chukwuji previously received All-American honors as junior college players before coming to Brenau. And, like her teammate, Chukwuji also bettered her 2012 performance – moving up from her 2012 selection as an honorable mention member of the NAIA team.
Brown, too, is a repeat selection from the NAIA. She was also an honorable mention All-American choice for the 2012 NAIA team. The keeper in the 2013 season saved 59 shots and had a 1.030 goals against average in her junior campaign. Brown was also named as a SSAC First Team All-Conference selection.
Campbell, a stalwart for the Golden Tigers’ defense, is a first-time NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. The SSAC First Team All-Conference selection helped lead Brenau to a top 30 ranking in shutouts and a program best 15 wins.