— The Frostburg State women’s soccer team defeated Penn State Behrend 3-2 in double overtime Saturday to captured its fourth straight AMCC Tournament championship. With the win, the Bobcats earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bobcats scored the game winner in the 107th minute when junior Erin Carraghan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) put a header in the back of the net off a corner kick by junior Beth Hlebasko (New Market, Md./Linganore).
Frostburg State improves to 14-2-2 overall while Penn State Behrend falls to 13-5-1.
Penn State Behrend’s Heather Crawford scored the game’s first goal just over eight minutes in off a feed from Kara Struski.
Frostburg State came right back and scored the game-tying goal 58 seconds later when senior Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast) found the net off an assist from senior Becky Rambo (Freeland, Md./Hereford). Kotofski’s goal was her team high 20th of the season.
The Bobcats then took the lead in the 21st minute when junior Jodie Gittleson (Rockville, Md./Wootton) slipped a shot past Penn State Behrend keeper Dara Nielsen.
In the 28th minute, Crawford got past diving Bobcat keeper Kelly Jones (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and sent a shot on net that hit the crossbar. Crawford then collected her own rebound and scored to tie the game 2-2.
Frostburg State sophomore Danielle Carter (Rockville, Md./Rockville) had a golden opportunity to give the Bobcats the lead just 30 seconds later but her shot hit the post.
The half ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Bobcats struggled in the second half, allowing the Lions to record seven shots in the first 20 minutes. Jones made five saves and the Lions hit two wide to keep the game tied. Frostburg State would continue to struggle managing only three shots in the entire second half.
At the end of regulation the game remained tied at 2.
In the first overtime, both teams managed one shot with Rambo forcing the Nielsen to make a save to send the game into a second overtime stanza.
In the 105th minute of action, the Bobcats had their best opportunity since the first half when Rambo set up a breakaway for Kotofski who had her shot saved by Nielsen.
Jones stopped nine shots to improve to 10-2-1 while Nielsen stopped five.
“Full credit goes to Penn State Behrend,” said Head Coach Brian Parker. “They played a fantastic game and we feel fortunate to be advancing.”
The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released Sunday evening.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303