Brannan, Black Named To College Sports Madness All-Big Sky Squad

CHENEY – Two Eastern Washington soccer players earned spots on the College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference Teams, the organization announced Thursday. Senior defender Brianna Brannan garnered First Team honors, while junior forward Cassie Black brought in a Second Team nod.

College Sports Madness (CSM), an independent organization that furnishes preseason, in-season, and postseason awards for numerous NCAA sports, also honored Brannan and Black on their all-conference listings in 2012.

Brannan, who received First Team honors from CSM for the second-straight year, was a constant presence on the EWU defense the past four seasons. Brannan competed in 52 games over a four-year career with the Eagles, during which she contributed to six shutout efforts. She registered seven career shots, six of which came this past season, and helped Eastern to a tie for sixth place in the conference standings in 2012, the highest team finish during Brannan's stint at Eastern.

Last season, Brannan not only earned accolades from CSM, but was also named to the All-Big Second Team by the league's coaches and earned Big Sky All-Academic honors for the second-straight year.

Black, a junior from Battle Ground, Wash., had a solid season yet again for the Eagles, one that included setting the EWU all-time goals record with a game-winner over Sacramento State. During 2013, she also maintained her standing as the career leader in game-winning goals and points and goals per game, moved up the rankings in career points (38; 3rd) and shots (118; 4th) and became the program's all-time leader in shots per game (2.27).

In addition, Black, who was on CSM's All-Conference First Team in 2012, registered the third-most shots in a single season in program history with 53. The total was also a career high for Black, breaking her previous personal best of 45 in 2012, and her eight shots in Eastern's final game of the season is tied for the EWU single-match record.

Earlier this week, Black earned Honorable Mention All-Big Sky honors by the conference's coaches. It was her second-straight year being named to the postseason award list after earning All-Big Sky Second Team accolades in 2012.

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