FROSTBURG, Md. —
The Frostburg State men's soccer team went 2-2 on its recent tour of Scotland. The Bobcats started off strong with a pair of 2-1 victories on their first two days of the trip but were shut out in the final two matches of the tour.
Frostburg State opened the week with a 2-1 win over the Queens Park youth team. Queens Park is a Scottish professional club with a youth team comprised of mostly 17 and 18-year olds waiting to be called up to the first team.
Matt Moffa and Jamie Romano scored the Bobcat goals, while Bryn Varhol and Brandon Rethemeyer split time in goal.
FSU’s second victory came against the Kilpatrick Amateurs, an adult team comprised of players ranging from ages 19 to 35.
Trevor Havey and Matt Moffa tallied dramatic goals in the last five minutes of the match, while Derek Richardson and Rethemeyer minded the net.
In their third game in three days the Bobcats dropped a 5-0 decision to Campsie Blackwatch, a U-21 amateur team with several players who were released from professional clubs. FSU closed out its trip with a 6-0 defeat to the semi-professional team Greenock Juniors.
"We played well the first two games when our legs were fresh and we were playing off the excitement of being overseas," said Head Coach Keith Byrnes.
"By the third game I think all the traveling and sight-seeing had finally caught up with us and we just didn't have the legs to compete at that level. Campsie was a very good team, but I don't believe they were five goals better than us, and the last game we just didn't play well and Greenock made us pay for every mistake we made in our defensive end.
"The focus of this trip wasn't to win all four games; that would be a little unrealistic considering we only had five or six practices together as a team," Byrnes added.
"We trained each morning, went sight-seeing for several hours in the middle of the day and then returned for our evening match. Every player played at least half of every game with the goalkeepers splitting halves as well, so I got a chance to evaluate some guys and see how they responded against some top-level competition.
"I saw many positives on the field from our performances, and once we have our full pre-season of preparing as a team and we integrate our new recruits I think we'll see things really coming together.
"The amount of time we spent together as a team was priceless; all the traveling, sight-seeing, eating meals and just spending the nights talking and hanging out with each other really brought the guys closer together. Everyone is extremely excited about starting the season."
The team toured and shopped in the city of Glasgow on Tuesday, spent the afternoon in the city of Edinburgh and toured the castle and the Royal Mile on Wednesday. On Friday, the team did more sight-seeing at some local shops and had a guided tour of Celtic Park, home of the Celtic Soccer team, the most storied franchise in Scottish soccer history.
Saturday the team attended the Celtic vs. Dundee United match in front of a sellout crowd of 67,000 fans and saw Celtic claim a 2-0 victory.
The Bobcats report for pre-season training on Friday, August 19th and open up their season against Susquehanna College in the Lycoming Tournament on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:30 pm.
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303