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Men's Soccer vs. Penn State Behrend AMCC Quarterfinal Preview
10/27/2005

FROSTBURG, Md. — The Frostburg State men’s soccer team travels to Erie, Pa. Saturday for a 2:00 pm showdown against rival Penn State Behrend in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.

Both teams finished the season with identical 6-3 league records but the Lions (12-5) earned the No. 4 seed after posting a 1-0 win over the No. 5 Bobcats (8-9) during the regular season.

FSU downed PSB twice last season, including 3-1 in the first round of the AMCC Tournament. However, FSU’s last win in Erie was Oct. 16, 1999 when the Bobcats edged the Lions 2-1.

The Bobcats have turned things around after a 1-6 start, winning seven of their last 10 matches. Two of those defeats have come by a 1-0 margin.

Penn State Behrend is also 7-3 in its last 10 contests but dropped two of three to close out the regular season. The Lions have been nearly unbeatable at home over the last two seasons with an impressive 18-2-1 mark.

For the second consecutive year, senior Matt Moffa (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) is FSU’s main scoring threat with 10 goals and 21 points.

The Bobcats have received a recent lift by the addition freshman Sean Jones (Pasadena, Md./Severna Park) to the starting backfield as well as the return of senior midfielder Wyatt Sagers (La Plata, Md./La Plata) from a broken thumb.

Jones has helped FSU hold its last six opponents to a combined two goals, including an own goal, while Sagers came back to score the game-winner against Lake Erie last Saturday after missing three contests, including the Penn State Behrend match.

In net, senior Derek Richardson (New Windsor, Md./Linganore) is 5-6 with a 1.03 goals against average and four shutouts. He has alllowed just two goals, including an own goal, in his last 603 minutes of action.

Mark Cipriani leads PSB with five goals and 14 points followed by Brian Blaszczyk with four goals. Justin Reese paces the Lions with six assists.

Goalkeeper Matt Zirnsak has allowed just 13 goals this season and owns a 0.80 goals against average.

The FSU-PSB winner will advance to face top-seeded Medaille (16-1-2, 8-0-1 AMCC) in the semifinals Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm.

The AMCC championship match is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed with the victor receiving an automatic bid 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