History Repeating -- Frostburg State and Penn State Behrend to Battle for AMCC Soccer Titles
FROSTBURG, MD —
Since the inception of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 1997, Frostburg State and Penn State Behrend have dominated the AMCC soccer tournament finals.
The two teams have met three times in the last four years to decide the women’s champion, while the schools have faced off six of the last seven seasons for the men’s title.
This season, the tradition continues as the Bobcats and Lions meet in both championship matches Saturday.
On the women’s side, top seed Frostburg State (14-4) will host second seed Penn State Behrend (13-6) Saturday at 2 p.m.
The game will be played on FSU’s baseball outfield due to recent poor weather.
The Bobcats downed La Roche, 3-1, in Tuesday's semifinal, while the Lions battled Pitt-Greensburg to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes before advancing 7-6 in penalty kicks.
For the men, top seed Penn State Behrend (13-4-2) will host second seed Frostburg State (10-5-2) Saturday at Edinboro (Pa.) University at noon.
The Lions dumped La Roche 4-1 in a Wednesday semifinal, while the Bobcats blanked defending champion Pitt-Greensburg, 2-0, in a semifinal contest Thursday.
FSU has defeated PSB three times in the conference championship (1998, 2000, 2001), while the Lions have topped the Bobcats twice (1997 & 1999).
The Bobcat women come in as the back-to-back defending conference champions. The Lions, who are playing in their sixth women’s title match in the last seven years, won the first four AMCC titles before being unseated by FSU 4-1 in 2001.
Frostburg State enters the final riding a school-record 10-game winning streak, including a 4-1 win over Penn State Behrend in the regular-season finale for both teams last Saturday.
Junior forward Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) and senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.) have among the big reasons for the Bobcats’ success this season.
Kotofski, who recently set the FSU career records for goals (59) and points (131), has scored seven of the Bobcats’ nine goals in the last three games to give her 21 this year, which ties her own single-season record that she set as a freshman in 2001.
Zych, who is one of the team’s co-captains and its only senior, is 14-4 with a 1.36 goals against average and five shutouts. Zych, who holds FSU career records for wins (46), saves (419) and shutouts (19), has allowed a career-low 23 goals this year.
The FSU men will look to avenge a 2-0 loss to Behrend to end the regular season behind the offensive muscle of sophomore forwards Matt Moffa (Eastern Tech/Baltimore, Md.) and Kodjo Gnatiko (Mongomery Blair/Montgomery Village, Md.).
Moffa leads the squad with 19 points on eight goals and three assists, while Gnatiko has 12 points on four goals and four assists.
The Bobcat midfield has been anchored by freshman Stephen Zoutman (Goshen/Chester, N.Y.) and juniors Jamie Romano (John Carroll/Joppatowne, Md.) and Jon Roth (Magruder/Gaithersburg, Md.).
Zoutman ranks third on the squad with 12 points (five goals, two assists) and scored the game-winner in FSU’s 2-0 win over Pitt-Greensburg in Thursday’s AMCC semifinal.
Romano leads the Bobcats with five assists and has tallied one goal, while Roth has added three goals and three assists.
Adding extra depth with his consistent corner kicks has been freshman midfielder Dave Stinson (Urbana/Ijamsville, Md.). Stinson has two goals and four assists this season and scored FSU’s second goal in Thursday’s AMCC semifinal win.
The Red and Black have a solid defense anchored by veteran seniors Mike Mutchler (Leonardtown/Leonardtown, Md.), Rob Burns (Joppatowne/Joppatowne, Md.) and Nate DePasquale (N.Stafford/Stafford, Va.).
The trio has fought hard to keep the ball away from freshman keeper Tom Sadler (Sandy Spring Friends/Silver Spring, Md.), who ranks second in the AMCC with 60 saves and a .800 save percentage.
Senior Andy Laver leads Penn State Behrend with eight goals and six assists, while Stan Kaweesi-Katongole has seven goals and two assists.
Senior goalie Jacob Hordych tops the league with his .082 goals against average,82 saves and eight shutouts.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303