ERIE, PA —
In what has already been a record-setting season for the Frostburg State women's soccer team, the Bobcats added another pair of firsts to the program's history by defeating top-seed Penn State Behrend for the first time ever, 4-1, to win their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title in the team's eight-year existence Sunday afternoon at Family First Sports Park.
The second-seeded Bobcats, who were winless in eight tries versus the Lions entering the championship match, improved to 17-4 overall and await a possible first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Selections will be announced late Sunday night.
"I'm very proud of our players," said Head Coach Carrie Lysik, now 39-21 in her three seasons at the helm of the program. "We were able to control the pace, we won most of the 50-50 balls and we played with a lot of heart. I'm glad we could bring home the AMCC championship, especially for our seniors."
Frostburg State opened the scoring when freshman Aimee Sprague (South Yarmouth, Mass./South Yarmouth) flicked in a header off a pass from sophomore Jackie Curry (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) in the game's seventh minute.
The Bobcats then took command less than four minutes later, as freshman Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./McDonough) found the net twice in a span 42 seconds to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Alyse Reed (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and senior Amy Foote (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) assisted on the tallies.
Kotofski now has single-season school records of 21 goals and 49 points, breaking Danielle Pickar's former marks of 19 goals and 45 points set in 1996.
Penn State Behrend (10-10-1), which had won all four previous AMCC championships and took a 31-0 mark against league opponents into Sunday's title match, got on the board with Laura Furko's goal in the 20th minute, and the Bobcats took a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Foote then capped the scoring in the 56th minute when she sent in a pass from freshman Becky Rambo (Freeland, Md./Hereford).
Sophomore Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) made eight saves to improve to 17-4 on the season.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303