Forward Krystyna Freda has been voted as the Big South Women’s Soccer Preseason Attacking Player of the Year and the Winthrop women’s soccer team was predicted to finish sixth in a release from the conference office Tuesday.
Freda, a senior from Somerset, N.J., was selected for the honor by the league’s head coaches. The reigning two-time Attacking Player of the Year, Freda led the Big South last season in goals (17), points (39) and shots (106). An NSCAA All-Southeast Region Second Team selection, she recorded five multi-goal games last year and was among the NCAA’s top 20 in goals and points scored.
Already the Big South’s career leader with 19 game-winning goals, Freda enters 2014 third all-time in Big South history with 47 career goals and needs seven to become the all-time leader. She is also looking to become the Big South’s first three-time Attacking Player of the Year honoree.
The Eagles were predicted to finish sixth in the 11-team conference with 77 total points, garnering two second-place votes, one fourth, three fifth, three sixth and two seventh-place votes. Winthrop scored 41 goals last season and return better than 80 percent of its scoring to the 2014 squad.
Reigning conference champion, Liberty, was predicted to retain the title, earning all 11 first-place votes. Radford was voted second with Longwood third while Coastal Carolina was predicted fourth and High Point fifth. Charleston Southern and Presbyterian were tied for seventh while Campbell, UNC-Asheville and Gardner-Webb rounded out the bottom three.
Winthrop kicks off its regular season on the road at Davidson on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles’ home opener will be against Clemson on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Field.