Freeman Named to Hermann Trophy Watch List
EUGENE, Ore. – Goalkeeper Leah Freeman was named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List on Thursday.
The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the nation's highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year as determined by the voting of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches.
Nine players from the Pac-12 were among the 61 nationally named to the Hermann Trophy preseason list.
Freeman, a 2021 first team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region selection, was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's Preseason Best XI third team, and was that outlet's preseason No. 29 player in the nation.
Freeman led the Pac-12 and tied for 15th nationally with a school-record nine shut outs in 2021. She ranked third in the league in both goals against average (0.87) and save percentage (.839) last season. She also posted a scoreless minutes streak of 449:59, second-longest in program history, which included four consecutive shutouts against Portland, Portland State, UCLA and California.
The junior from Berkeley, Calif., went 8-4-3 in net in 2021 and was twice named Pac-12 Player of the Week, including one after making six saves in a 0-0 shutout at No. 3 UCLA. She was one of just two goalkeepers to shutout the Bruins in 2021.
In two years at Oregon, Freeman already ranks fourth in UO career shutouts (14), sixth in wins (13) and eighth in saves (140). She also owns four school records: single-season shutouts (nine, 2021), lowest goals against average (0.74, 2020) and fewest goals allowed (12, 2020), as well as the mark for consecutive scoreless minutes (471:54, 2020).
The Ducks open the 2022 season Thursday at 5 p.m. against New Mexico State at Papé Field.
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