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Frostburg State to Host AMCC Women’s Soccer Semifinal Match
11/02/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - For the first time in the program’s history, the FSU women’s soccer team will enter the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament as the top seed.

As the defending back-to-back AMCC champions, the Bobcats (13-4, 6-0) will host fourth seed La Roche College (12-7-1, 3-2-1) in a rematch of last season’s thrilling tournament final, in a semifinal match on Tuesday, November 4th at 2:00 p.m.

With a victory over La Roche, the Bobcats will host the AMCC tournament finals on Friday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. against the winner of #3 Pitt-Greensburg vs. #2 Penn State Behrend.

The Bobcats, who are riding a school-record nine-game winning streak, finished the regular season perfect for the first time in school history. As a team they swept through the conference regular-season, outscoring their opponents 31-5.

In her last two games, junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) has led the way for the Bobcats, scoring five of the team’s six goals and assisting on the other. She leads FSU and is third in the conference with 19 goals and 42 points.

Sophomore Beth Hlebasko (Linganore/New Market, Md.) has also been a big factor in the team’s success as she leads the squad with a career-high 11 assists. She has been the strength of a Bobcat defensive unit that has shut out four of its last six opponents.

In the net, senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.) is the force behind the Bobcats record winning-streak, as she has allowed only five goals over the last nine games. In her last game against Penn State Behrend she allowed a goal midway through the second half ending a string of 297 scoreless minutes.

As a team, FSU has won back-to-back AMCC championships and has made two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2001, they won a school-record 17 games and defeated top seed Penn State Behrend in the conference tournament finals as the second seed to win their first-ever conference championship.

Last season, the Bobcats entered the conference tournament as the third seed. FSU defeated second seed Pitt-Greensburg 2-1 in double overtime to advance to the finals where they faced top seed La Roche. In the finals, the Redhawks and Bobcats played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and both overtime periods. The finals then went to penalty kicks, as the Bobcats won 3-1 to claim their second straight conference title.

In their match up earlier this season, the Bobcats defeated La Roche, 4-2. Tied at one goal a piece in the second half, Kotofski began a three-goal outburst by the Bobcats as they scored three goals in five minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Kotofski’s goal was the 50th of her career, setting a new all-time record at Frostburg State University.

La Roche comes into the tournament 2-0-1 in its last three AMCC games, with their last lost coming at the hands of Frostburg State. The Redhawks, who were tied for third place in the conference, lost the tiebreaker to Pitt-Greensburg based on goal differential since the two teams played to a 0-0 tie.

Senior Lindsay Wagerer leads La Roche with 17 goals, 13 assists and 47 points. Junior Nichole Constantini is tied with Wagerer for the team lead with 17 goals.

Senior Lindsay Talbot is third on the team with 11 goals, eight assists and 30 points. In goal, sophomore Ashley Chehovits has recorded eight shutouts and making 70 saves on the season and has an AMCC-leading 1.13 goals against average.

Over the past three years, the Bobcats have been able to make late-season charges toward postseason play as they have compiled a 22-8-2 in October and November. FSU looks to defend its back-to-back conference championships and get a third straight invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu