NEW WILMINGTON, PA
— Frostburg State advanced past Westminster 5-3 in penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday night.
The Bobcats (14-2-3) will move on to the second round for the second consecutive season and will visit Christopher Newport Saturday at 6:00 pm. The Captains are 14-3-3 and ranked 24th in the latest NSCAA national poll.
The Bobcats and Titans battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods to send the game into penalty kicks.
Junior Beth Hlebasko (New Market, Md./Linganore) started the shootout with a goal, and Westminster’s first kicker sent her shot wide right to give Frostburg State a crucial 1-0 lead.
Seniors Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast), Laurie Reinholt (Middletown, Del./Glasgow) and Alyse Reed (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) then connected for the Bobcats, but the Titans matched each tally and trailed 4-3 entering the final round.
Senior Aimee Sprague (Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) then made her penalty shot to clinch the victory.
Frostburg State took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when junior Jodie Gittleson (Rockville, Md./Wootton) scored off a pass from classmate Erin Carraghan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville). The Bobcats took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Titans (14-6-3) forced overtime when Olivia Wilkerson scored off assists from Sarah Calderone and Scarlett Bretz in the 77th minute.
Frostburg State had a couple of great scoring opportunities in the first overtime and outshot Westminster 4-0, but Titan goalie Nicole Drummond made two great saves to keep the score tied.
The second overtime was much of the same as FSU kept the ball in Westminster territory but couldn’t get a goal and the game was sent into the shootout.
Senior goalie Kelly Jones (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) made five saves for Frostburg State, which held a commanding 23-10 advantage in shots.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303