Freeman Named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week
EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Leah Freeman, who helped the Ducks shutout both California and Stanford over the weekend, has been named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week the league announced Monday.
Freeman, from Berkeley, Calif., made what was at the time a career-high seven saves in the Ducks' 1-0 win over Cal on Friday. It was Oregon's first ever win in Berkeley.
Two days later, she raised her career high to nine saves in a 0-0 overtime tie at Stanford.
It was the first time in program history that Oregon held the Cardinal scoreless on their own field. It was also the first time that the Ducks have gone undefeated on the Bay Area trip.
Oregon has shutout four straight opponents, one shy of the program record of five set in 2011. It has been 396:28 since the Ducks last allowed a goal, which came in the second half against Arizona State on March 12.
Freeman is tied for the Pac-12 lead with five shutouts. She ranks third in the league in saves per game (4.09) and fifth in goals against average (0.69).
She is the first Duck to win player of the week honors since Marissa Everett and Emma Eddy in 2018. Freeman is the first Oregon goalkeeper to be recognized since Abby Steele in 2013.
She is also just the third Duck freshman to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Jessie Chatfield won goalkeeper honors as a freshman in 2005, while Chalise Baysa was an Offensive Player of the Week winner as a freshman in 1998.
At 3-2-1 in the Pac-12, the Ducks have their best six-game conference record since the 2006 club started out 4-0-2.
Oregon next hosts Utah Friday at Pape' Field at 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Live Stream).