More Soccer Firsts: Three Ducks Named All-Pac-12
EUGENE, Ore. – Three Ducks were named to the All-Pac-12 Third Team as announced by the league office on Wednesday. This is the first season that three Oregon student-athletes have been named to soccer's all-conference teams.
Midfielder Zoe Hasenauer, center defender Croix Soto and goalkeeper Leah Freeman were the Ducks chosen for the annual honors in a vote of Pac-12 coaches. Freeman was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
The trio were a big reason why Oregon posted its first winning record, 6-5-5, since 2006 under first-year head coach Graeme Abel.
The Ducks were one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Oregon led the Pac-12 with a team-record 0.69 goals against average. Oregon held all but one opponent – Pac-12 champion UCLA – to one goal or less. The previous Duck season mark was 0.81 goal against by the 1980 team.
Freeman is the first Duck goalkeeper in program history to be named to an all-conference team. The Berkeley, Calif., native ranked third in the conference in goals against average at 0.74 goals per game. That mark broke Jesse Chatfield's UO school record of 0.82 in 2006.
Freeman also tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with five shutouts and was fifth in the conference in saves per game at 4.07. She was named Pac-12 goalkeeper of the week on March 29 after shutting out California and Stanford.
Soto, a sophomore from Pasadena, was one of the main reasons Oregon's back line was so hard to crack. She started all 16 matches this season and played all 1,561 minutes.
Hasenauer, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif., started all 16 games and had two goals, two assists and attempted 29 shots. She continued her climb up the Oregon career lists in 2020-21. She finished the season with 11 career assists (tied for sixth) and 121 career shots (seventh).
The three are the first Ducks to earn All-Pac-12 honors since current Portland Thorns striker Marissa Everett in 2017.
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