DE FREITAS, KOONTZ NAMED TO SOCCER ALL-STATE
Ink Free News / Sports on Monday, November 16, 2020
By Mike Deak
INDIANAPOLIS – Their work on the pitch stood out, and for the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association, was more than notable as Warsaw’s Corissa Koontz and NorthWood’s Andre De Freitas were both named All-State.
Koontz, a junior for coach Jon Hoover’s Tigers, didn’t compile the video game numbers as some others, but impacted matches in several ways. The Honorable Mention All-State midfielder registered seven goals and eight assists on the campaign, but six of those goals came in the final five matches.
Her two goals helped Warsaw beat Northridge, 4-2, to secure the team’s first undefeated run through the Northern Lakes Conference in nearly 20 years, and she had a hand in all four scores (2 goals, 2 assists) of a 4-2 win over Fort Wayne Wayne in the sectional semis. Her work off the ball, as well as constant attention drawn, opened lanes and opportunities for her teammates, part of the intangible aspect to her game.
De Freitas, a senior for coach Brad Duerksen’s Panthers, on the other hand, had the video game numbers this season. The Second Team All-State honoree had 32 goals and 15 assists for NorthWood, which made its first-ever appearance in the semi-state. De Freitas had hat tricks or more in six contests, and had a two-game stretch where he scored nine total goals against state power Bethany Christian to close the regular season and Lakeland in the first round of the sectional. He registered a point in all but five of NorthWood’s 22 matches.
De Freitas leaves the NorthWood program as the all-time leader in goals, points and single-season goals. De Freitas’ goal output in 2020 tied him for seventh in the state.
ISCA issued its full lists Sunday evening.
For girls soccer, area First Team All-State went to the St. Joe duo of Natalie Moore and Georgia Place. Second Team All-State went to Penn’s Ellie Hague. Third Team All-State went to Culver Academy’s Sam Hazen and Mishawaka Marian’s Mia Veldman. Honorable Mention All-State went to Penn’s Hannah Robertson, St. Joe’s Sarah Hiestand, Concord’s Jada Swanson, South Bend Adams’ Anna Borkowski and Koontz.
Noblesville swept the major awards, with Jenna Chatterton taking Player of the Year and her coach, Mike Brady, earning Coach of the Year.
For boys soccer, area First Team All-State went to Northridge’s Cam Chappell. Second Team All-State went to Elkhart’s Andrew Argueta and De Freitas. Third Team All-State went to Penn’s David Ross. Honorable Mention All-State went to Elkhart’s Naieem Bean and Bryan Guerrero, St. Joe’s Kyle Tupper and Kyle Smith, Argos’ Teddy Reddinger and Rochester’s Wade Shafer.