Freeland set to lead MSU in final year
After disappointing summer, standout player looks ahead
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Senior forward David Freeland has certainly become accustomed to winning during his tenure at Midwestern State.
The Midland, Texas native has tallied 18 goals over the past two seasons while helping the Mustangs to the semifinals in 2010 before helping the team to its fifth consecutive Division II postseason appearance in 2011.
When his West Texas Sockers' squad didn't experience the same success this summer, it really to its toll on him.
"This was the first summer I played [in the] Premier Development League," Freeland said. "It was a little frustrating because we didn't do too well. We only won three games and that was a little bit of a change compared to here where we've only lost four games total since I've been here."
But there was even more to it than that for a big time performer who once scored a hat trick in MSU's stunning 5-0 win in the national quarterfinals at Chico State in 2010.
"Everything was frustrating plus I only scored three goals but after losing that much it makes me not ever want to lose a game here," Freeland said.
He is once again forced to make a slight change in his role at Midwestern where his speed was once coveted to be integrated into the midfield.
Freeland made the move to forward tallying 11 goals as a sophomore in 2010 before earning NSCAA and Daktronics All-South Central Region honors with seven goals and four assists following his junior season of 2011.
"After watching some of the other strikers that have been here, I just like the way they are relied upon to score," Freeland said. "And I do like scoring obviously."
Firmly settled into his position, now Freeland will be counted on to provide leadership and hand down the coach Doug Elder's Mustang way.
"It's a little different being in a leadership position," Freeland said. "Most of the guys coming in are 18 or 19 and I'm 23 so I have some age on them. It's kinda fun leading and trying to get everyone going and help with coach on showing how the system works."
Since Freeland is in his fourth season at MSU after serving a redshirt in 2009, he knows the system pretty well.
"We play a 4-4-2 and pretty simple," Freeland said. "The main thing is that we have to work hard. That's one of my leadership goals is to make everyone work hard."
Freeland's hard work has definitely been noticed by opposition coaches, sports information directors and selected media who have named him the Lone Star Conference's Preseason Offensive Player-of-the-Year for the second straight season.