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Athlete of Week: Freiwald’s work ethic paying off

Name: Brady Freiwald

School: Altoona Area

Grade: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: Keeper Freiwald had five saves in a 3-0 victory over Hollidaysburg, six saves in a 3-0 championship victory over Mountain Ridge in Mountain Ridge tournament and was in goal for a 5-1 win over Brunswick.

Season update: Freiwald is 4-0 in goal with three shutouts and 13 saves. The only goal he allowed was a penalty kick.

Coach Dave McCarter’s quote: “The time he puts in, even outside our normal practices, makes him special. He was already gifted, but he wants to be great, and now he’s at another level. Several colleges are looking at him. Our keeper coach, Travis Young, puts in endless hours working with him.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lowe

Favorite subject: Forensic chemistry

Favorite movie: “Jurassic Park”

Favorite food: Mashed potato bowl

Favorite song: “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing, playing Spikeball

Favorite professional team: Manchester United

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: Marc-Andre Fleury

Best athlete I ever competed against: State College’s Ben Vollmer

Most influential person on my athletic career: Parents and Coach Young

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 championship, beating State College, as a sophomore

How I got my start in soccer: As 4-year-old in AYSO

Future goal: Play soccer at the collegiate level and get a degree in criminal justice

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