Andrews, Mills and Freeman Earn NSCAA All-Pacific Region Honors|
Dec. 3, 2015
Andrews and Mills were both named to the first team, while Freeman earned second team honors. Andrews earns her first NSCAA All-Region first team honors, as she earned All-Southeast Region third team honors as a freshman at Notre Dame in 2013. The junior was outstanding for the Trojans down their stretch run to a NCAA Sweet 16 bid, scoring seven of the Trojans final eight goals of the year. The Milford, N.H., native finished the season as the team’s leading goal scorer with 12 finishes, as well as the team’s leader in points with 28. Andrews was previously named to the All-Pac-12 first team.
Mills earned First Team All-Region honors for the second-straight season. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pac-12 first team selection was third on the team with 10 points and was tied for the team-lead with six assists and two goals. The attacking-minded defender started all 23 games for the Trojans, netting the game-winner vs. USD, while adding a goal in a 4-0 victory at Oregon. She also was the leader of a stalwart Trojan defense that was tied for first with only five goals allowed in Pac-12 play. The team led the league with a goals against average of .544 in the regular season, good for the ninth-best mark nationally. The Trojans went 336 total minutes over five different contests without giving up a goal. They were the only team in the Pac-12 to go three-straight games (all in conference) without allowing a goal. Mills earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season as the Trojans only allowed one goal in 200 minutes of action, including a shutout of then-No. 23 Long Beach State and a 2-1 victory over San Diego.
Junior midfielder Freeman was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region second team for the first time in her career after earning All-Pac-12 second team honors. Freeman, an even-keeled defender her first two seasons at Troy, moved seamlessly into the central defensive midfield position for the Trojans in 2015, starting all 23 games. She finished tied for third on the team with nine points, coming off two goals and a team-leading five assists. She had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Utah on October 23. Freeman also earned her first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod after she had a foot in three of the Trojans’ five goals over two wins at Saint Mary’s and Pacific. The junior also netted her first career goal against Saint Mary’s.