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.
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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.