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Jessica Frey

Northern Kentucky


Jessica Frey is a standout in the classroom. As a nursing major, she maintains a 3.746 GPA. Her plans after college include working in a critical care unit at a children’s hospital. Once her time at NKU concludes in the spring, she would also like to advance in her field by becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Because of her excellence in the classroom, she has earned multiple accolades. She was named to the 2016 Horizon League All-Academic Team, 2015 COSIDA Academic All-District, and 2015 Horizon League All-Academic Team. She has also earned President’s List and Dean’s List honors during her academic career. Frey has also been part of three NKU women’s soccer teams to be given the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic Award.


This season, Frey was named a captain for the NKU women’s soccer team. She leads the team with six goals scored on the year. In a match against Morehead State earlier this season, the NKU women’s soccer team fell behind 1-0 in the second half. However, with Frey’s never-give-up attitude, the team went on to win 2-1. She scored two goals in the match to help the Norse to victory. In last season’s Horizon League Championship game, the team was trailing 2-0 early in the first half of the match. Frey helped lead a comeback effort for the Norse, as she provided an assist and a goal in helping the team to a 3-2 victory to earn the program’s first NCAA Division I berth.

She has also been part of three NKU women’s soccer teams that have been awarded the NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. Frey has played 42 games from 2015-17, and in that time she has received only two yellow cards. Not only does she play hard, but she also plays the game the right way.


In the community, Frey has been instrumental in a number of projects. She has volunteered at Liberty Matrix Nursing Home, interacting with residents and participating in activities with them. She has also been a part of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church after school program providing assistance with homework and tutoring, while also playing games with the students. Additionally, Frey has helped with the Price Hill Summer Clean-Up program. She has also participated in the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Endeavor Elementary School and youth soccer clinics with the NKU women’s soccer team, and she has volunteered in the “Pause for Parents, Play for Kids” program through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities. As a team, the NKU women’s soccer program had 256.2 hours of community service during the 2016-17 school year.


When it comes to being on the field, Frey has been an integral part of the team’s success. She has made significant contributions ever since she arrived on campus, earning Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team honors in 2014 and Horizon League First Team honors in 2015. Last season, she was named the Horizon League Tournament Most Valuable Player and was a member of the Horizon League First Team. She scored a goal and added an assist in NKU’s win over Milwaukee in the 2016 Horizon League Championship game, which resulted in a berth to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The 2016 season was the first year that NKU could participate in Division I postseason play, after the university completed its four-year reclassification process from Division II. Last season, the NKU women’s soccer team was one of three teams to qualify for the NCAA Division I Tournament and receive the NSCAA Academic Award and the NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. This season, Frey is off to a fantastic start in her final campaign. She has scored six goals in the early part of 2017, which, as of nominations (Sept. 7), is tied for fourth in NCAA Division I. She was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, 2017 and as of Oct. 3, she has nine goals, which is tied for ninth in NCAA Division I.