Freeman Called Up to National U-20 Team Camp
EUGENE, Ore. – Record-setting goalkeeper Leah Freeman has been called up to the U.S. Under-20 National Team training camp Women's U-20 head coach Tracey Kevins has announced.
The all-Pac-12 first team selection will join 23 players at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Dec. 7-14. She will be one of three goalkeepers in the camp; Nadia Cooper of Washington State and Mia Justus of Florida State will also participate.
Freeman is coming off a sophomore season that saw her set a school record with nine shutouts and post a 0.87 goals against average. In addition to being an all-league selection, Freeman was also named to the United Soccer Coaches all-Pacific Region first team and the CoSIDA academic all-District 8 first team.
"This opportunity means so much to me," said Freeman. "It really reflects our entire back line's hard work and all we were able to accomplish during the season.
"Wearing the crest has always been a dream of mine and being able to do that means so much."
The Berkeley, Calif., native was one of eight Pac-12 players selected for the camp, which will also include 16-year-old midfielder Olivia Moultrie of Portland Thorns FC.
The U-20 USWNT is preparing for next year's Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship Feb. 25-March 12 in the Dominican Republic.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, are age-eligible for the Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship. The 2022 Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship will qualify three teams to the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.
Leah Freeman, So., GK, Berkeley, Calif.
U.S. U-20 National Team Training Camp
United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region First Team
All-Pac-12 First Team
CoSIDA academic all-District 8 first team
2x Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week (Sept. 26 & Oct. 11)
Freeman led the Pac-12 and tied for 15th 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 was one of only two goalkeepers to shutout the Bruins in 2021. She matched her season high with eight saves in the Ducks' 1-0 win over ASU.
Freeman ranked 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 was one shy of the program record. She also ranked second in the Pac-12 in saves (4.59 per game).
In addition to the season shutout record (nine) Freeman also owns UO records for scoreless minutes streak (471:54), lowest goals against average (0.74) and fewest goals allowed (12) in a single season, all of which she set as a freshman.
In just two years, Freeman already ranks fourth in UO career shutouts (14), sixth in wins (13) and eighth in saves (140).