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Women's Soccer Advances to AMCC Finals With Win Over La Roche
11/04/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State overcame a 1-0 first half deficit to defeat La Roche College 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Semifinals in Frostburg. Led by two second half goals from junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) 1:25 apart, the Bobcats advance and will host the AMCC finals this Friday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Kotofski’s two goals were her 20th and 21st of the season, which ties her own record for most goals in a single-season that she set as a freshman in 2001. Kotofski also owns the FSU single-season record for points (49) as well as school career marks for goals (59) and points (131).

La Roche got on the board first with a goal from Lindsay Wagerer, assisted by Nichole Constantini, with 9:34 remaining in the first half.

Down 1-0 to start the second half, Kotofski scored her first goal in the 61st minute to pull the Bobcats even. On the play she was able to get control of a bouncing ball in the box, made a move to the right and drove the ball past Redhawk goalkeeper Ashley Chehovits.

Just 1:25 later, Kotofski struck again, this time off a corner kick from sophomore Beth Hlebasko (Linganore/New Market, Md.). It was Hlebasko’s 12th assist of the season, which is two shy of the school record of 14 set by Angie Weaver in 2000.

With 16 minutes remaining, junior Becky Rambo (Hereford/Freeland, Md.) added an insurance goal, as she worked with junior Beth Yetter (Holy Cross/Silver Spring, Md.) to find an opening and fired the ball into the upper netting over the reach of the goalkeeper.

In goal, senior Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.) was able to keep the Bobcats in the game by making four key first half saves. In the second half the Bobcat attack picked it up, but Zych made one last critical save on a Redhawk breakaway. Zych dove to her left and deflected the ball away from the net keeping the Bobcats within one goal.

The Bobcats will look to win their third straight AMCC championship as they host Penn State Behrend in the AMCC finals this Friday at 2:00 p.m. In their only meeting this season, the Bobcats defeated the Lions 4-1 in the regular season finally, earning the top seed. Kotofski led the way scoring three times and adding an assist on the other FSU goal.

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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