— The Frostburg State women’s soccer team has been picked to once again top the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference according to a preseason vote by the league’s head coaches.
The Bobcats who will look to capture their third straight AMCC title, received five of seven first-place votes followed by Penn State Behrend and La Roche who are ranked second and third in the preseason poll respectively.
Frostburg State who finished the regular season as the number three seed for the conference tournament with a 4-2 conference record defeated second seeded Pitt-Greensburg in the semifinals and then in an overtime thriller upset the top seeded La Roche to repeat as AMCC champions.
With the late surge in the conference tournament, Frostburg State improved to 10-7-4 overall against arguably its hardest schedule in school history and earned their second straight bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Bobcats will look to 16 returning players including their entire starting line-up from 2002. Included in that list is senior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.), the school’s all-time leader in most statistical categories. Zych was also listed as one of the league’s top Players to Watch.
Along with the top ranking in the conference, junior Karen Kotofski (Northeast/Glen Burnie, Md.) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Player of the Year. A two-time All-AMCC first team and 2002 regional All-America selection, Kotofski looks to lead the Bobcats again in scoring while she chases many of FSU’s individual and career records.
Kotofski already owns the single-season records for goals (21) and points (49) and is within striking distance of the same career marks currently held by Amy Foote. Her 39 career goals trails Foote by eight goals and her 85 points is 35 short of Foote’s mark. Last season, Kotofski recorded 17 goals and 39 points despite missing the first six games of the season with a minor leg injury.
Frostburg State opens its regular season on August 30 at St. Vincent University. The Bobcats open AMCC play on October 7 at La Roche College.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303