Four Ducks Named to District All-Academic Teams
EUGENE, Ore. – Four Oregon student-athletes, Leah Freeman, Ally Cook, Zoe Hasenauer and Croix Soto, were named the CoSIDA women's soccer academic all-District 8 teams on Thursday.
Freeman was a first team selection, while Cook, Hasenauer and Soto were chosen for the second team.
The four all-district selections are the most in program history. Oregon's previous best was three on four different occasions (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008).
They are also Oregon's first student-athletes to be named to the District 8 teams since Jessica Yu in 2018.
As a first team selection, Freeman will advance to the ballot that determines the CoSIDA national academic All-American team.
The four student-athletes were key performers on a team that posted Oregon's best record – 9-4-6 – in 15 years and secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 40 years. Oregon's tie for fifth in the Pac-12 was the Ducks' highest conference finish since coming in second in 2006.
Leah Freeman, So., GK, Berkeley, Calif., 4.00, Political Science
Freeman leads the Pac-12 and ranks tied for 11th nationally with a school record nine shutouts in 2021. She was named Pac-12 player of the week twice; the first came after a shutout at No. 3 UCLA and the second followed back-to-back shutouts of Arizona and Arizona State. She made six saves versus UCLA and remains the only goalkeeper to shutout the unbeaten Bruins this season. She matched her season high with eight saves in the Ducks' 1-0 win over ASU.
Freeman ranks third in the Pac-12 in both goals against average (0.87) and save percentage (.839). The goals against average is the third-best in program history. She had a scoreless minutes streak of 449:59, second-longest in program history, in September during which, she posted four consecutive shutouts (Portland, Portland State, UCLA, California). Her eight goalkeeper wins in 2021 is one shy of the program record.
In just two years, Freeman already ranks fourth in UO career shutouts (14), sixth in wins (13) and eighth in saves (140).
Ally Cook, Jr., F, Coto de Caza, Calif., 3.92, Biology
Cook led the Ducks with eight goals in 2021. She also led the team in points (20) and shots (70). She became just the fourth Duck in program history with a 20-point season. She scored twice in the season opener versus Fresno State and had the game-winner Aug. 29 against Northern Arizona.
Her most memorable score of the season came Oct. 24 at Utah, where she beat the Utes' goalkeeper one-on-one to give Oregon a 1-0, double-overtime victory. Half of Cook's eight goals came on the road – Baylor, Stanford, Colorado, Utah. She ranked fourth in the Pac-12 by attempting 3.68 shots per game.
On the Oregon career lists, Cook is seventh in goals (17) fourth in game-winning goals (8) seventh in points (39) and seventh in shots (146).
Zoe Hasenauer, Sr., M, Simi Valley, Calif., 3.46, Journalism
Hasenauer tied for the team lead in assists with five. She ranked third on the team in points with 13 (4 goals, 5 assists) and second in shots (34). Hasenauer scored the game-winning goals at Texas and Portland State. She was named Pac-12 player of the week after the Ducks' 1-0-1 road trip to the state of Texas where she had a goal in the 87th minute against the Longhorns and an assist versus Baylor. The 2020 all-Pac-12 third team selection is tied for second in UO career assists (16), is sixth in shots (154) and ninth in points (36).
Croix Soto, Jr., D, Pasadena, Calif., 3.58, Journalism
A center back, Soto helped Oregon hold the opposition to less than a goal a game, 0.97, which was the fourth-best defensive season in program history. She started and played every minute of the Ducks' record nine shutouts. She attempted two shots on the year. Over the past two seasons, she has missed just one of Oregon's 35 games and played every minute of the other 34.
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