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#27 Melanie Freeman
  • 3L
  • Defender
  • 5-1
  • Safety Harbor, Fla.
  • (Countryside/Univ. Central Florida)

1997: Started in all 24 matches and led the team in minutes played (1945)...recorded an assist vs. Cornell and Auburn... and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region third team selection at defender...All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection for the second consecutive year...member of the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll.

1996: Started in all 25 matches and led the team in minutes played (1,974)...A second-team selection at defender to both the All-SEC and NSCAA All-Southeast Region teams...Selected to the 1996 SEC All-Tournament team...Named team's Most Valuable Defensive Player and received Player's Choice Award at the conclusion of the 1996 season...Selected as a team tri-captain at the beginning of the season...Named SEC Player of the Week and to Soccer America's Team of the Week in week four of the regular season after leading UF to shutouts over defending SEC champion Kentucky and 1994 champion Vanderbilt...Also provided the game-winning assist against Vanderbilt...Limited her marks to only one shot on goal in both matches...An integral part of a defensive unit that totaled 15 shutouts...Member of the 1996 SEC All-Academic Honor Roll.

1995: Transferred to Florida from Central Florida...16 games (16 starts) for 1,114 minutes...Two goals and two assists for six points...Named Most Valuable Player by teammates at conclusion of inaugural season...Started first match vs. Florida Atlantic after missing first four games due to sprained knee.

1994: Saw action in 17 games (10 starts) at UCF...Had one assist on the season. 1993: Redshirted after suffering torn anterior cruciate ligament.

High School: Earned all state, all county and all conference honors as a senior...1993 Florida High School Girls 4A Player of the Year runner up...1993 graduate of Clearwater Countryside High School where she was coached by Mike Eccles...Four year defensive MVP for prep team...Captained high school team to 1993 state finals...Prep teammates with fellow Gators Michelle Harris and Tina Brendel...Also lettered in track...Graduated high school Summa Cum Laude.

Club: Played for Countryside Lightning club team where she was coached by Carlos Martin...Five year captain who helped lead Lightning to multiple appearances in state Final Four.

Personal: Born January 26, 1975...Daughter of Tom and Jean Freeman.

Major: Zoology.

Freeman's Collegiate Statistics
Year G GS Min. Shots G A Pts.
1994 17 10 - - 0 1 1*
1995 16 16 1114 12 2 2 6
1996 25-25 1974 4 1 1 3
1997 24-24 1945 9 0 (0) 2 2
Totals 82 75 5033 25 3 6 12
*At Central Florida
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