Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Bailey Brandon is the first multiple Academic All-American honoree in CMU women's soccer history.
Brandon Becomes Soccer's First Two-Time Academic All-American

MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior defender Bailey Brandon has earned CoSIDA/Capital One Second Team All-America honors, CoSIDA announced Thursday, making her the first player in program history to receive multiple All-America awards.

Brandon, a law and economics major with a 3.94 grade point average who earned third-team honors in 2011, is the only player from NCAA Division I schools in the state of Michigan to earn Academic All-America distinction. She is one of just four players of 33 2012 honorees to have earned All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.

Last season Brandon, fellow 2012 senior Stefanie Turner and 2011 senior Bethany Allport became the first Academic All-Americans in program history. Allport was named to the second team, while Brandon and Turner earned third-team honors. Brandon is just the ninth CMU student-athlete to earn multiple Academic All-American honors.

The award is just the latest in her collection of accolades, having already earned Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-MAC and First Team Academic All-District V honors in 2012. She was also recognized with the CMU Dick Enberg Scholar Athlete of the Year award, and was selected as one of 30 semifinalists nationally in the Senior CLASS Award competition.

In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom, Brandon led a Chippewas defense that finished with the most overall shutouts (12) and conference shutouts (six) of any team in the MAC, while allowing just six goals in conference play. Central’s formidable defense was a primary factor in the team earning the first at-large bid into the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament in the history of the Mid-American Conference.


Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major                                             
GK Gabrielle Pakhitigian LaSalle Sr. 3.94 Nursing                                            
D Skylar Chew Ball State Sr. 4 Psychology                                            
D Ally Miller Marquette Sr. 3.86 Advertising                                            
D Natalie Norris Utah State Sr. 3.95 Nutrition, Dietetics, Food                                             
D Ali Stahlke Western Kentucky Sr. 4 Elementary Education                                            
M Amber Brooks (2) North Carolina Sr. 3.81 Communication Studies                                            
M Paige Goeglein Middle Tennessee State Sr. 3.93 Economics                                            
M Elizabeth Tucker Notre Dame Jr. 4 Accountancy                                            
F Abi Cottam (1) Rider Sr. 3.99 Psychology                                            
F Dana Larsen (2) Baylor Sr. 4 Biochemistry                                            
F Nichole Schiro Loyola (Md.) Sr. 3.88 Biology / Pre-Medicine                                            

Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major                                             
GK Aubrey Bledsoe Wake Forest Jr. 3.91 Health & Exercise Science                                            
D Bailey Brandon (3) Central Michigan Sr. 3.94 Law & Economics                                            
D Allison Hu Missouri Sr. 4 Health Sciences                                            
D Kassey Kallman Florida State Jr. 3.68 Business                                            
D Hannah Newhouse Kent State Sr. 3.97 Psychology, Pre-Med                                              
M Becca Hemby High Point Jr. 4 Economics                                            
M Juliana Libertin Dayton Jr. 3.71 Exercise Science                                            
M Kylie Louw Stephen F. Austin Gr. 3.78 Kinesiology                                            
F Amelia Pereira Hartford Sr. 3.8 Management                                            
F Chelsea Small Idaho Sr. 3.94 Secondary Education                                            
F Colleen Williams Dayton Sr. 3.37 Sport Management                                            

Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major                                             
GK Kylie Wassell UNLV Jr. 4 Secondary Education                                            
D Chelsea Botta Marist Sr. 3.67 Business Administration                                            
D Natalia Gaitan Toledo Sr. 3.93 Pre-Business                                            
D Claire Hulcer Tulsa Sr. 3.95 Marketing                                            
D Mollie Pathman Duke Jr. 3.88 Psychology                                            
M Lisa Sliwinski Baylor Sr. 3.81 Biology (Pre-Health Care)                                            
M Michelle Sommer Missouri State Sr. 3.93 Cell & Molecular Biology                                            
M Renee Washington LaSalle Jr. 3.63 Communication                                            
F Allie Phillips Minnesota Sr. 3.97 Biology                                            
F Kate Reigle Marquette Jr. 4 Biomedical Sciences                                            
F Laura Weinberg Duke Jr. 3.53 Sociology / History                                            
Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year:  Dana Larsen, Baylor               
(1)    Capital One Academic All-America® University Division first team in 2011           
(2)    Capital One Academic All-America® University Division second team in 2011           
(3)    Capital One Academic All-America® University Division third team in 2011