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Kotofski's Hat Trick Not Enough as Women's Soccer Ties Grove City
09/25/2002

FROSTBURG, MD - In the most exciting of finishes, Frostburg State women’s soccer (4-1-3) and Grove City College (3-4-1) played to a 3-3 tie through two overtimes. The game was more basketball style in momentum as both teams made quality scoring runs back and forth up and down the field.

Leading the way for FSU again was sophomore Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.), who provided all three goals for the Bobcats for her second straight hat trick. The three goals gives her eight in her three games this season (she missed FSU's first five contests with a leg injury).

Kotofski put FSU up early in the sixth minute as she was fed by sophomore Alyse Reed (Cherry Hill East/Cherry Hill, N.J.) to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

Grove City answered right back four minutes later as Michelle Novosel notched the first of her two goals on the day off a corner kick.

However, FSU picked it back up and again Kotofski was led perfectly into the box, this time by freshman Erin Carraghan (Walkersville/Walkersville, Md.). The goal put Frostburg State up 2-1 at halftime.

In the second half the Bobcats seemed to come out strong getting off six quick shots, but in the middle part of the second half the aggressive style started to falter as Grove City was able to gain some scoring opportunities.

Those chances were converted quickly as in the 71st minute the Lady Wolverines tied the score at two. Meg Tilley found herself the recipient of a great lead by Karen Refeer and slid the ball past FSU junior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.).

Just four minutes later, the Wolverines again found the back of the net as Novosel scored her second goal and gave Grove City its first lead of the afternoon, 3-2.

Frostburg State seemed to put it in panic mode, even though fourteen minutes remained. However, head coach Brian Parker was able to calm them down and it paid off as with six and a half minutes remaining Kotofski was fed into the box and was able to convert and tie the game at 3-3.

This time sophomore Allison Ottey (Thomas Jefferson/Frederick, Md.) was able to find Kotofski.

Tied at three, both teams stepped up and played like there was no tomorrow, especially with this contest possibly having a large impact on a potential NCAA Tournament bid for each school.

FSU tried to find senior Tiffany Parker (Northeast/Pasadena, Md.), Carraghan and Kotofski up front as it had some very close chances late in the match. Frostburg State finished the day outshooting Grove City, 25-14, but Wolverine goalkeeper Katy Turman was able to frustrate the Bobcat attack.

In the other net, Zych equalled the effort, making six saves, including a tremendous diving stop in the second overtime to secure the tie.

FSU extended its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) with the deadlock, but the Bobcats will need to start turning these ties into decisions if they expect an open bid to the tournament later this season.

Frostburg State will face a pair of crucial contests this weekend, as the Bobcats travel to John Carroll on Saturday, September 28th at noon before facing Allegheny on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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