Goshen High School defenseman Trista Freytag signed a letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Cincinnati State on Thursday, May 3.
“I showed an interest (in Cincinnati State) because (Coach) Wil (Cagle) came to one of my games,” Freytag said. “(Coach Cagle) showed me around. I thought it was a nice campus and there was some really nice people over there and had fun being over there.”
Freytag mainly played defense, but had the versatility to move up to midfield and offense if the team needed her to.
She was named to Goshen’s Most Improved Player following her junior year and then was named to the Second Team All-Southern Buckeye Conference after a solid senior campaign.
Freytag’s journey at Goshen was not an easy one as the team had three different head coaches during her four years at the school. With the current position still not filled, Freytag has taken it upon herself to set up open fields and workouts for the younger girls still in the program and also using it as a way to stay in shape in the offseason.
Cincinnati State head coach Wil Cagle was a big reason that Freytag chose Cincinnati State, but he believes that getting Trista to sign will help his team as well.
“First of all, her height, she’s pretty tall,” he said of what he thought Freytag would bring to the Surge. “Then, her tenaciousness. She is a very strong-willed player. She shows the kind of determination that will make her successful.
“Honestly, for us, our hope is to bring players in and teach them how to continue to improve for two years and then hopefully find them a place to play somewhere else.
“We’re looking forward to bringing her in,” the coach continued. “We hope that she can come in and compete for a center back role right away, so we’re looking forward to August and letting her prove that.”
Trista’s father, Jerry, who was present at the signing, said that the biggest part of Trista continuing her soccer career at Cincinnati State was that the opportunity would allow her to work in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.
“I’m just looking for her to get an education,” he said, “and this will help her to finance her education.”
Freytag will begin at Cincinnati State in the fall where she will major in criminal justice. Following her two years at Cincinnati State, Freytag said she hopes to move on Northern Kentucky University or the University of Cincinnati.