Sarah Zadrazil was recently named the Women’s SoCon Player of the Year.

Zadrazil is a senior from St. Gilgen, Austria, and her major is exercise science. Zadrazil has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. She started playing because she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her brother, who was a soccer player himself, and her father, who was a soccer coach. Despite all the awards she has received throughout her career, Zadrazil said being named Player of the Year is her greatest achievement.

“It’s special when other coaches recognize you,” Zadrazil said.

Sarah Zadrazil

Sarah Zadrazil

Zadrazil finished her senior year with a .500 record and as the career leader in shot attempts and shots on goal.

The stats aren’t what she’s going to miss most, though.

“I’m going to miss all the coaches, my teammates and of course the atmosphere,” Zadrazil said. “My goal this season was to win a championship, however I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”

When she was 17, Zadrazil played for her country’s national team, which she described as being the most memorable game she has ever played in.

Before she came to ETSU, she gained a lot of valuable experience playing for her national team, and she scored 13 goals during her international team career .

Zadrazil has plans after college to hopefully play professionally for a team in America, and if not in America, a team in Europe.

Zadrazil spent a lot of time during the offseason training, even working with U.S. national team athlete Crystal Dunn, who she says is a great player. 

If she didn’t play soccer, Zadrazil said she would be ski racing or playing volleyball or tennis. Zadrazil will definitely be missed by coaches, teammates and fans.