Frostburg State Edged by National Powerhouse Scranton in NCAA Regional Semifinals
– Frostburg State dropped a thrilling 1-0 decision to the University of Scranton on Saturday afternoon in Allentown, Pa. Scranton is currently ranked second in the national poll and first in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Bobcats, who reached the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history, finished their most successful season with their heads held high.
The Bobcats (16-5) battled from whistle to whistle as Scranton and FSU played to a scoreless tie in the first half. However, Scranton (21-0-1) proved early why they were ranked so high as they out possessed and out shot Frostburg State 18-2 in the first half.
Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.), who started her 67th straight game in net, played what head coach Brian Parker described as one of her best performances of her career. In the first half she made eight key saves, as she completely frustrated the Royals attack.
Scranton’s best scoring chance of the first half came in the 30th minute as junior Alicia Sodano was able to get herself into space and slid the ball under a charging Zych. The ball seemed guaranteed to role over the goal line and give the Royals the 1-0 advantage. However, junior Lynnea Finch (Franklin/Owings Mill, Md.) was able to make a spectacular individual effort to stop the ball inches short of going into the goal and clear the Royal attack.
Going into the second half the Bobcats knew they could play with the best in the nation and knew that one lucky bounce or individual effort could allow the program to make national headlines.
However in the first minute of the second half the Royals got the lucky bounce as they aggressively charged the ball, caused a turnover and were able to get a crossing service into the box. This time Sodano was able to convert the service pass from senior Liz O’Connor and give the Royals the 1-0 lead.
Now having to play from behind the Bobcats looked for their opening as the shots were limited and quality scoring chances seemed scarce. With just under 17 minutes remaining in the game, FSU got that opportunity as freshman Danielle Carter (Rockville/Rockville, Md.) was able to make three amazing moves to get herself into space and for the first time caused the Royals defense to frantically attempt to get back into position.
With the ball on her right foot in space, Carter ripped a shot from about 20-yards out. The ball floated over the goalkeepers fingertips and headed under the crossbar. However, that was followed by the one sound that a team down 1-0 hates to hear and the opponent dreams of. The ball slammed off the right post and was easily cleared to shutdown FSU’s lone scoring chance.
Following the scare, Scranton clamped down not allowing another shot on goal, as they held the shot advantage 26-5. Zych finished the game with a season-high 16 saves in her final performance in goal for the Bobcats, as she is the only senior Bobcat on the team.
The 1-0 victory was the second-closest game that the Royals played in this season, as they played to a 0-0 tie against Ithaca earlier this season. Scranton have outscored opponents on the season 66-2 to this point as starting junior goalkeeper Kim McCormick has recorded 16 shutouts in 16 starts.
The University of Scranton advances to the regional championship game were they will face Muhlenberg College, who defeated Eastern Connecticut State 3-1 in the second semifinal on Saturday.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303