Jan. 13, 2012
Katy Frierson was selected 10th overall with the Atlanta Beat's second round pick in Friday's WPS Draft. Her selection makes her Auburn's second-ever WPS Draft pick as well as the highest.
"I was so excited," Frierson of her selection. "I was watching the draft on the computer and I was a little anxious, just hoping that I would end up in Atlanta because that's where I really wanted to end up. It is a great organization and it is close to home. They just drafted some studs and the team is stacked. It is going to be a great environment to get into and play with those kinds of players."
"We were really excited to hear Katy's name be called with the tenth pick," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "I think it is a testament to all the hard work she has put in and the way she has performed here at Auburn. I certainly feel like Katy earned this selection."
A midfielder, Frierson ended her career as a four-time First Team All-SEC selection and a two-time All-America selection. The all-time assists leader in Auburn history with 42, which also ranks fifth in SEC history, she also owns the school record in matches played (89), points (104) and game-winning goals (11), is second in matches started (86) and shots (228) and third in goals (31).
Frierson, a native of Homewood, also owns the school's single-season record for assists (13 - 2011) and has three of the top seven spots on the list. She is also third (31 - 2011), fifth (28 - 2010) and ninth (25 - 2008) for points in a season and tied for eighth in single season goals (9 - 2008 and 2011).
Graduating in three-and-a-half years with a 3.94 GPA in political science, she was a 2010 and 2011 Capital One Academic All-America, a 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First Team selection, the 2011 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2010 NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
, a goalkeeper at Auburn from 2005-08, was an eighth-round pick (54th overall) in the 2009 WPS Draft by the FC Gold Pride. A free agent, she spent the 2011 season as the starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat.
On her Auburn career...
"Auburn was an unbelievable experience. I loved every minute of it. It was hard for me once I realized the season and my career at Auburn was over to get into the mindset of moving on to the next level."
On being a professional soccer player...
"I am excited for the opportunity to play at the next level. Nothing is guaranteed and you start from square one. I have to go in and work hard to prove myself. I get to continue playing and doing what I love."
On playing Auburn in a preseason exhibition match as a member of the Beat on April 7...
"Coach (Hoppa) sent me an email with the spring schedule in it and I saw the game between the two and I was really hoping I would end up in Atlanta. That is going to be a cool experience to play against all of my teammates with my new team."
On talking to Allison Whitworth...
"She sent me a congratulatory text and that she was proud of me. It's pretty neat to get to follow her as an Auburn player going to Atlanta as well as two Birmingham kids going there."
Head Coach Karen Hoppa
On Frierson's Auburn career...
"Katy came in to Auburn as one of the top recruits in the country and she lived up to that billing, starting with her freshman year being named the SEC Freshman of the Year. The unique thing about Katy is she got better every year. She was never complacent with her level of play. Each year she was better than the last and her senior year was by far her best on the field. It has been fun to be able to watch her grow as a player and as a person. To lead us to a SEC Tournament Championship at the end of her career was a fantastic way to send her out."
On having two picks from Auburn since 2009...
"It is exciting for our program. It says a lot about the success we have had at Auburn and the type of players that we are able to bring in to Auburn."
On facing Katy and the Beat in an exhibition match on April 7...
"I watched the draft with some of the girls and we were all excited when she was drafted and then one of them said, `Wait, do we have play against her now this spring?' It will be really exciting to see her on the other side of the field in an Atlanta Beat uniform. We know she is a great player; we played against her every day in practice. We are just really excited that she has the opportunity to play at the next level."
Katy Frierson Bio