Brenau players named to NAIA All-American Teams

Linda Chukwuji, Tori Brown and Esther Anyanwu
From left, Linda Chukwuji of Lagos, Nigeria, Tori Brown of Windermere, Fl., and Esther Anyanwu, also from Lagos, were named 2012 NAIA All-Americans.

On the heels of the most successful soccer season in Brenau’s history, three players were named to NAIA All-American teams. Esther Anyanwu, Tori Brown and Linda Chukwuji all made history becoming the first players to receive this honor for the Golden Tigers.

Esther Anyanwu, who finished the season with an impressive 27 goals and 8 assists to lead the conference, was named both the SSAC Newcomer of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year. Anyanwu ranked second in the nation in overall points with 62 and led the NAIA in game winning goals with seven on the year. Additionally, in four games this season, Anyanwu scored three or more goals. For her efforts, Anyanwu was named to the SSAC First Team in 2012.

Sophomore, Tori Brown, was equally impressive on the defensive side of the ball. Brown recorded 7 shutouts on the year while contributing 135 saves over the course of 18 games. Brown, a First Team All-SSAC recipient in 2011, received the same honor this year for helping the Tigers to a record 13 wins on the season. Brown was also the recipient of the team’s MVP Defense award. 

Linda Chukwuji, despite playing in only 13 of the team’s 18 games, was nonetheless a formidable presence in the middle of the field for Brenau. The consummate ball-winner for the Tigers, Chukwuji put in 4 goals of her own and contributed 4 assists en route to leading the team in one of the most critical positions on the field. For her efforts, she was named to the SSAC First Team to bring the Golden Tigers a record three players selected to this elite group.