Boys Soccer: Freedom Forward Andrew Strait Verbals to DI UAB


South Riding, Va. — Freedom High School senior forward Andrew Strait has verbally committed to continue his athletic and academic careers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

“It’s been one of my goals my whole life to play Division I soccer,” the 6-foot-2 Strait said. “I had a lot of different schools reach out which was amazing, but in the end, I picked the school that really felt like home and a place I’d like to spend the next four years of my life.”

Over those next four years, Strait – who grew up in Alabama – will join a UAB team that finished its 2018 campaign with a 6-9-3 record, posting a 2-5-1 in Conference USA. The Division I Blazers – led by first-year head coach Jeff Kinney – open their 2019 season at Marquette University on August 30.

All the way back in Virginia, the Freedom Eagles finished their 2019 season 17-1-1, as both the Potomac District and VHSL Region 5C runners up, before falling in a VHSL 5A State semifinal on June 7.

“It was obviously amazing that we went as far as we did. It was a great ride,” Strait said. “I’m hoping we can go even further this year and break even more records.”

While leading the Eagles to a record-breaking season, Strait picked up numerous individual accolades as well, including first-team All-Potomac District, All-Region 5C, All-VHSL 5A State, and All-LoCo honors. Strait also earned a spot on the All-Met honorable mention list.

Strait has one more season left at Freedom before he takes his talents to Alabama. He currently holds three school records – single season assists, single season goals and career goals – as well as a share of the record for single game assists and single game goals.

“I want to do as well as I can and as far as I possibly can in my soccer career,” Strait said. “Soccer is what I live for; it is my passion, and I want to play it as long as I possibly can.”


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Sarah Ramboyong

Sarah Ramboyong is a senior at Freedom High School in South Riding. She is a member of the cross country team, swim team, and is the head manager and photographer for both boys varsity and JV soccer. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys eating ice cream and watching Tech beat UVA. Go Hokies!

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