- Of the thousands who were nominated and the hundreds who made Academic All-District, Abilene Christian senior defender Brie Buschman was just one of 11 NCAA Division I women's soccer players chosen to receive Capital One First Team Academic All-America® honors
by the voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Buschman was joined on the first team by fellow defenders Hayley Haagsma of Texas Tech, Elizabeth Tucker of Notre Dame and Caitlin Ball of North Carolina. They are backed up by senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner of the U.S. Naval Academy.
The three midfielders chosen were Rachel Conway of Radford, Becca Hemby of High Point and Marquette's Kate Reigle. Forwards selected were Kent State's Jessacca Gironda, Denver's Kristen Hamilton and West Virginia's Frances Silva, who was chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year.
"I'm very honored to receive this award because I certainly didn't expect it, "Buschman said, "but it's a great note to end on as I "retire" from collegiate soccer. I've been so blessed to have the support of my family, friends, teachers and coaches throughout my experience at ACU, and that support is definitely in direct correlation with the receiving of this award."
A native of Amarillo, Texas, and 2010 graduate of Randall High School, Buschman is the first Wildcat student-athlete to receive this prestigious honor since the school began its transition into D-I athletics earlier this year. She also is the first ACU soccer player to make a first team. Buschman received third team honors as a sophomore at the D-II level in 2011, and Julie Coppedge earned the same as a senior in 2012.
Buschman's also made several Lone Star Conference Commissioner Honor Rolls and was part of the league's 2011 All-Academic Team.
"As a program, we are very proud of Brie and her four-year body of work at ACU both on the field and in the classroom," ACU head coach Casey Wilson said. "And with this being our very first year in D-I, it says quite a bit about her overall performance as a student-athlete. It means a great deal to this program for her to be noticed."
As a collegiate competitor, Buschman never missed a single start (82 matches) and received postseason accolades from the Lone Star Conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This season she was named Second Team all-Southland Conference after anchoring a defensive line that allowed 12.5 shots and 0.89 goals per match as the Wildcats posted an impressive overall record of 13-5-1.
"I've always been a very determined person and even somewhat of a perfectionist so I guess when it came to the battle of being a student-athlete I was up to the challenge," said Buschman, who has a 3.96 grade-point average as a communication major. "Honestly, my best strategy with balancing school, soccer, and my social life was just to plan ahead, stay organized with a thorough planner, and generate lots and lots of to-do lists."
Since 1963, 57 individual Wildcats have been named First Team Academic All America, beginning with football's Jack Griggs. Volleyball's Jennie Hutt was the most recent Wildcat prior to Buschman to receive this prize, as she earned hers in the fall of 2011.