Frey Named to All-Big Sky Conference Soccer Team

By Beacon Staff

The All-Big Sky Conference soccer teams and individual award winners were announced Tuesday and the University of Montana soccer team had three second-team selections, including Kalispell’s Maddey Frey.

Frey, a senior midfielder, was named second team All-Big Sky Conference along with India Watne and Brooke Moody. Junior midfielder Tyler Adair and sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Akins were voted honorable mention.

Montana finished the season 7-8-4 and tied for sixth with a 3-5-1 Big Sky record.

Frey, who is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference student and was recently named Capital One Academic All-District 7, was an honorable-mention selection a year ago as a defender. She began her senior season at defender but was moved up to midfield midway through the season.

After switching positions, Frey responded with four goals in six matches, including a pair of second-half goals in Montana’s Big Sky Conference road win at North Dakota.

Frey, who began the season with no goals and two assists for her career, concluded her senior season with four goals and two assists to rank third.

“Maddey came in and did a very good job attacking. She was a good threat and scored some good goals,” head coach Mark Plakorus said. “She handled the move very well and helped us out.”

Allowing Plakorus to move Frey off his back line was the health and depth of that position, plus the presence of Moody, who earned her first career All-Big Sky honor.

Portland State, which won the regular-season title with a 7-0-1 Big Sky mark and is hosting this week’s four-team conference tournament, had a league-high seven first- and second-team selections.

Weber State sophomore forward Mackenzie Harrison, who led the league with six goals during Big Sky play, was named the Offensive MVP. Portland State junior Kayla Henningsen was named Defensive MVP. The Vikings allowed just three goals in nine Big Sky matches while posting six shutouts.

Northern Colorado senior Natalie D’Adamio and Portland State sophomore Caitlin Plese, who finished 1-2 in goals against average and save percentage, were named co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Portland State freshman midfielder Abbey Bergquist was named Top Newcomer.

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