Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Brandon, Turner Earn First-Team Academic All-District V Honors

MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior defender Bailey Brandon and senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner of the Central Michigan women’s soccer team have been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District V First Team, CoSIDA announced Thursday.

Brandon, a law and economics major with a 3.94 grade point average, and Turner, a biomedical sciences major with a 3.85 grade point average, are both on the Academic All-District first-team for the second consecutive season.

After Brandon, Turner and 2011 senior Bethany Allport became the program’s first academic All-Americans last season, they now have the opportunity to become the first players in program history to earn the distinction multiple times.

The Livonia, Mich., natives are the second and third players to earn multiple Academic All-District first-team honors, joining Jacquie Lacek.

Brandon becomes the second player in program history to earn three Academic All-District honors, joining Shay Mannino. In addition to first-team honors the past two seasons, she was also named to the third team in 2010.

The award builds on the program's already impressive academic achievements, having earned the top cumulative grade point average in the country for the past seven seasons.

The two have been instrumental in a CMU defense that allowed the fewest goals in Mid-American Conference league play, permitting just six goals in 11 matches while posting a league-high six shutouts. In total the defense has recorded 11 shutouts for a .550 shutout percentage, 22nd among NCAA Division I teams.

Turner has recorded ten shutouts this season, including a ten-save effort in a scoreless draw against No. 12 Marquette, which has become the fourth-most prolific offense in NCAA Division I. She has an 11-4-1 record, a goals against average of 0.69 and a save percentage of .825.

In addition to her stellar defense, Brandon has contributed to the offensive attack for the Chippewas with a goal and an assist.

The second-seeded Chippewas will look to advance to the MAC Tournament Championship match when they take on No. 6 Toledo in Oxford, Ohio, in a 2 p.m. Friday semifinal match.