FROSTBURG, Md. -
Despite having only one senior and 13 freshmen heading into the 2006 season, the Frostburg State women’s soccer team has been selected by the league’s coaches as the favorite to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Bobcats are aiming for their sixth-straight title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
“This certainly is a transition year for us after graduating 12 four-year players over the last two seasons,” said head coach Brian Parker. “This is the most freshmen we have had on any of our teams in my five years at Frostburg State.”
However, the Bobcats have 11 returners, led by AMCC Preseason Player of the Year Jen Naylor (Riva, Md./St. Mary's). The junior co-captain will lead the midfield this season after finishing second on the team a year ago with seven goals and 16 points. She is a two-time All-AMCC performer and has started in all but one game during her career as a Bobcat.
Junior Anita Wickerham (Morgantown, Pa./Twin Valley), sophomore Tricia Richardson (Gibson Island, Md./St. Mary's) and freshman Lauren Lentine (Princeton, N.J./WWP North) will battle for an outside midfield position.
Wickerham played in 20 games last fall and netted three goals while Richardson appeared in 18 contests with three goals and two assists. Lentine is the most fit new player on the team and has the ability to play forward as well.
Freshmen Kiley Williams (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) has emerged as the likely starter at the other center midfielder position next to Naylor. Williams has great pace and a good first touch.
Freshman Kelly Sanzone (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) will battle for time in the midfield as well as junior transfer Katie Owings (Gambrills, Md./South River) and freshmen Christine Fitzgerald (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Kendal Moss (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport).
Senior Lindsay Hoffman (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) returns as the teams top forward. She was second in scoring on the Bobcats a year ago with 17 points, six goals and five assists.
The other frontline spot will see a host of players competing for time. Freshmen Amanda Drake (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill) and Lentine have emerged as the top candidates while sophomore Ali Keeney (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) and freshman Kaleigh Herring (Perry Hall, Md./North Harford) will battle for time as well.
Keeney scored one goal and added one assist a year ago and could possibly see time in the midfield this fall.
The defense will be anchored by sophomore Tori Walter (Frederick, Md./Frederick). She started all 20 games a season ago scoring one goal and adding one assist.
Freshman Katie Emminger (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) is a tall, intelligent player who has earned the starting spot in the middle with Walter.
Sophomore Jackie Donovan (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area) has remained as the fastest player on the team and she returns to the backline where she started every game last fall.
The other back position is up for grabs as junior Sarah Huber (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) and freshman Morggan McGill (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) battle for time with freshmen Liz Neroni (Westlake, Ohio/St. Joseph's Academy), Amber Roehling (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) and Melody Pereira (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill).
In net, junior Molly Whyte (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) started every game a year ago and earned second-team All-AMCC honors. She will be competing with freshman Stephanie Gwinn (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) for the starting job along with sophomore Amanda Banaszak (Warrenton, Va./Faquier).
The schedule is always tough for the Bobcats and 2006 won’t be any different. FSU faces preseason nationally ranked Johns Hopkins, who defeated FSU 1-0 last season.
Frostburg State’s non-conference schedule is Catholic, Allegheny, Richard Stockton and Eastern Mennonite.
Last fall, Catholic captured the Capital Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bobcats begin AMCC action on Sept. 23 when they travel to face Lake Erie. FSU will be challenged by rival Penn State Behrend and La Roche, who were picked to finish second and third in the preseaosn poll.
“We like the way our team is coming together but we certainly have a lot of work to do,” added Parker. “Our challenge is to keep working and getting better every week and I think these players understand that and are excited about the season.”
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303