Not many athletes have been so dominant so soon on a soccer field as St. Joseph junior Maddie Fried, who earned All-FCIAC and All-State honors her first two seasons. Fried will be one of the leaders this fall for the Cadets, who in a rarity have neither a league nor state title to defend.
TRR: You earned All-FCIAC and All-State honors your first two seasons. Are you surprised by how successful you have been so quickly?
MF: Yes, very. I went through a lot where my confidence kept going up gradually. It was all a surprise to me.
TRR: Last year was a rarity where St. Joseph didn’t make it to the finals of either the league or state playoffs. How difficult was that?
MF: It was hard because we worked so hard to get to where we got and it was kind of a disappointment because our goal is always to win states, win FCIACs. We didn’t win any. It just makes us want to try harder for this year to complete all.
TRR: Your star midfielder Jessica Mazo has graduated. What is the mindset of the team now as you get ready for the season and try to make championship runs?
MF: What we all want to work on is coming together as a team, working as hard as we can and pushing each other to the limit so we can achieve our goals. Jess was a key player and we have to replace her with a lot of hard work.
TRR: You gave a verbal commitment to Villanova in the 8th grade. How were you able to make such a big decision so soon?
MF: When Chris (McLain), the Villanova coach, first saw me he wanted to do a visit with me and when I saw the campus and I really got to know Chris it just was an open yes because he’s an amazing person and he was an amazing coach when I went to his camp. The campus is beautiful and it is anything I could ever want.
TRR: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not playing soccer?
MF: Probably just going outside and doing outdoor activities or the complete opposite and watch Netflix.