Kaitlin Fregulia Named Big West Defensive Player of the Year
Long Beach State has half a dozen players named Big West All-Conference
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State defender Kaitlin Fregulia was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year following an outstanding sophomore campaign. She also earned an All-Conference First Team nod highlighting LBSU’s six All-Conference selections.
In addition to Fregulia, Long Beach State’s Katie Pingel was named to the All-Conference Second Team, while Tori Bolden and Dana Fujikuni earned Honorable Mention. Meanwhile, the rookie duo of Rola Badawiya and Sarah Pilster were selected to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
Fregulia was an integral part of the Beach defense that finished the season with nine shutouts, while posting a 1.11 goals against average. The sophomore from Torrance, Calif., played well on both sides of the ball as she added two goals, both game-winners, and two assists for six points. Fregulia took 13 shots with seven on goal this season.
Pingel, a sophomore forward, collected Second Team accolades after completing her first season in Black and Gold. She was a key component on the pitch tallying three goals and two assists for eight points. She led Long Beach State with 50 shots and 23 shots on goal. The product out of Palos Verdes, Calif., was responsible for the game-winning goal against UC Davis to help the Beach close the season out with a victory.
Bolden completed her collegiate career with an Honorable Mention selection. The forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., led the Beach with 12 points after notching four goals and four assists on 26 shots and eight shots on goal. With her gritty style of play, Bolden came through in the clutch netting two game-winning goals to lift LBSU over San Diego State and Hawaii.
Joining Bolden with an Honorable Mention selection was Fujikuni, a junior midfielder from Moorpark, Calif. Fujikuni wrapped up the 2017 campaign with one goal, two assists and four points. She took 10 shots with three on target, while also creating numerous shots for her teammates. Fujikuni defended the ball well as she helped the Beach to nine shutouts on the year.
Lastly, Long Beach State saw Badawiya and Pilster named to the All-Freshman Team. Badawiya, a forward from Riverside, Calif., tied Bolden for the team lead with four goals on the year. She finished the season with eight points, 18 shots and seven shots on goal. Badawiya finished her rookie season 1-for-1 on penalty kicks.
Pilster, a defender from Long Beach, Calif., made the most of her time on the pitch in her freshman season as she helped the Beach record nine shutouts, while posting a 1.11 goals against average. She defended the ball well creating several opportunities for her teammates and kept opponents from scoring on a number of occasions. Additionally, Pilster registered a pair of shots with one on target.
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