Drake, Freda Named To NSCAA Third Team All-Southeast Region
Radford sophomore defender and 2011 Big South Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Drake was recently named to the 2011 NSCAA Division I All-Southeast Second Team, while Winthrop freshman forward and 2011 Freshman of the Year Krystyna Freda was named Third Team All-Southeast Region, announced Friday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Drake, a Palmyra, Va. native, becomes the third player in school history to garner the award, joining Kelly Moran, who received the honor in 1997 and Amanda Lebo in 1998.
The lone unanimous selection on the Big South First Team, Drake anchored the Radford defense all season, helping the Highlanders earn a school record 12 shutouts. She was also an essential reason in Radford becoming the first team in Big South history to record six consecutive shutouts to begin League play.
Drake started in 20 matches and led Radford to its second-straight and third Big South regular-season title, a fourth Big South Tournament Championship and fifth NCAA Tournament appearance.
Freda, a native of Somerset, N.J., becomes just the second player in Winthrop history to be named All-Region by the NSCAA as former goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos was placed on the Second Team All-Southeast Region following the 2006 season.
Freda is also one of five freshmen to be named to the All-Southeast Region Team.
She finished her freshman campaign ranked in numerous offensive categories on the national, Conference and team levels. She was 22nd in the country in points per game (1.75), tied for eighth in game-winning goals (7), tied for 10th in goals per game (.800), tied for 14th in goals (16) and tied for 28th in points (35).
At the Conference level, Freda earned First Team All-Conference, unanimous All-Freshman Team and Freshman of the Year recognition. She led the Big South in points, goals and game-winning goals, while finishing second in shots. Her seven game-winning goals this season also tied the Conference mark for most in season, previously set by former Charleston Southern forward Marky Boyce.
Freda also set several school records this season for the Eagles. She tallied the most goals in a season along with points and shots, while also tying for the school record twice for most goals in a game with three. Freda posted two hat tricks this season, with both coming on the road in Conference play against Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern. She also led the team in shots, goals, points and game-winning goals.