Falcons’ Maya Dean named Player to Watch


Coming off of a stellar 2022 campaign, Bowling Green State University women’s soccer standout Maya Dean has been named one of United Soccer Coaches’ Division I Women’s Players to Watch for the 2023 season.

The organization listed the Midfielders to Watch on Friday. Dean is one of 38 midfielders across the nation to be named to the women’s list.

Dean, a native of Traverse City, Mich. (West), had a tremendous 2022 season for the Falcons. She was named to the All-MAC First Team as well as the MAC All-Tournament Team, and also was voted to the United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team.

Dean started all 19 matches last season, and had 16 points on five goals and six assists.

Dean, who was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2022, scored all five of her goals in an eight-match span that included the final seven conference regular-season contests and the league tourney quarterfinal match.

She had the game winning goal vs. both Ohio and Miami, with a four-point afternoon in the win over the Bobcats. Dean had two assists both in that Ohio match and in BG’s win at Central Michigan.

Dean scored 14 points in MAC play, and added two more points on a goal in the aforementioned MAC Tournament quarterfinal-round win.

Dean tied for sixth in the MAC in assists and was ranked 10th in points. In MAC games only, she tied for second in GWG (two), and was tied for third in assists (six) and deadlocked for sixth in points.

In the classroom, Dean has a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a biology major. She was named to the College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) Academic All-America® First Team in 2022, becoming just the third student-athlete in program history to earn Academic All-America accolades, and just the second to be named to the first team.

Dean and the Falcons will open the 2023 season on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Michigan State. The home opener is set for the following Sunday, Aug. 27, when Loyola University Chicago comes to Cochrane Stadium.

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