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Penn State Behrend Upsets Women's Soccer, 2-1, to Capture AMCC Tournament Championship
11/04/2006

FROSTBURG, MD. — Penn State Behrend used two first half goals to defeat Frostburg State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium, to capture their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament title since 2000.

For the last three years, the Bobcats (12-6) had downed Penn State Behrend (14-5-1) in the Conference finals, to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, however, this season was a different story.

Penn State Behrend got on the board in the 17th minute, when freshman Whitney Putnam knocked in a Nikki Frisbee shot that had hit off the left post. Frisbee found herself in the Bobcat goalbox, where she riffled a shot past goalkeeper Stephanie Gwinn (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), however, her shot was denied by the goalpost. The ball rebounded perfectly to Putnam, where she was able to slam the ball into the open net.

FSU would find themselves down a goal and out a keeper. Gwinn came out for a cross and landed awkwardly, causing an injury, in which she could not continue playing in th game. Junior Molly Whyte (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) replaced Gwinn in goal and played the reminder of the match.

PSB scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 29:30 minute mark of the first half, when Putnam assisted on freshman Cassie Berlin’s goal. Putnam headed a corner kick cross to Berlin, where she was all alone in front of the net. She brought the ball down and hit it past the hands of Whyte.

The Bobcats had an excellent chance to net a goal early in the second half. Senior Lindsay Hoffman (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) sliced her way through the Lion defense, eventually beating a defender and attacking the goaline. As Hoffman dribbled up the endline, she forced the goalkeeper to come out, where she laid the ball off to oncoming freshman Christine Fitzgerald (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg). Fitzgerald was unable to connect on the pass, as she was shielded from the ball, by a PSB defender.

Frostburg State battled to the final whistle, eventually scoring a goal with 58 seconds remaining in the match. Junior Jenn Naylor (Riva, Md./St. Mary’s) crossed the ball to Fitzgerald, where she used an athletic flick to place the ball into the net.

For FSU, Whyte played in net for 73 minutes, making five saves and allowing one goal, while Gwinn recorded two saves and allowed one goal in her 17 minutes. For PSB, freshman Kayla Frost earned the win, going the full ninety and making seven saves.

With the win, Penn State Behrend moves on to the NCAA Tournament, while Frostburg State awaits their post season chances, when the NCAA tournament field is released on Monday morning.

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