Jan. 9, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's soccer head coach Greg Ryan announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 9) that sophomore Olivia Brannon (Troy, Mich./Athens) has transferred into the program after spending two years at the University of Virginia.
"We're so excited to have Olivia join us at Michigan," Ryan said. "She's an extremely talented and intelligent soccer player who will fit in wonderfully with our players both on and off the field. It's awesome that she is returning to play in her home state here at the University of Michigan."
Brannon, a center back who played her high school soccer at Athens High School in Troy, Mich., played in 39 career matches with Virginia, making 37 starts. She has four career goals and two assists. As a freshman in 2011, Brannon was an NSCAA All-Southeast Region first team selection and was also pegged to the ACC All-Freshman team. Internationally, she has represented the United States at the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels.
While playing for Athens, Brannon was a 2010 NSCAA Youth and Parade All-American. In 2011, she was named Gatorade Michigan State Player of the Year and Michigan Miss Soccer, leading to her being ranked as the No. 4 player in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She played club soccer with the Michigan Jaguars.
Brannon will play on defense for Michigan (likely at center back). She will participate in spring practice and will be eligible to play immediately in the fall.
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