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Women's Soccer Falls to Messiah in Regional Semifinals of NCAA Tournament

Grantham, Pa. - The Frostburg State women's soccer team had its record-breaking season come to an end with a 7-0 loss to 11th-ranked Messiah (Pa.) College Friday night in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region semifinals.

The Bobcats ended their year with an 17-5 overall record. The Falcons (17-1) will face Scranton (17-3), a 1-0 winner over Mary Washington (15-3-3) in the region championship game on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Messiah struck early and often, scoring six goals in the first half to coast to the victory.

Junior Emily Benson put the Falcons on the board in the game's fourth minute when she volleyed home a free kick served by senior Sara Strzepek.

Messiah sophomore Jamie Gasiorowski worked past the Bobcat defense and finished at the near post just four minutes later to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

Strzepek pushed the lead to three in the 18th minute, and Karen Willis later sent in a rebound of a shot by Melissa Lehman that Bobcat sophomore keeper Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) could not hold on to.

Messiah stretched its lead to 5-0 in the 35th minute when Jennifer Sapp redirected a corner kick served by Bethany Swanger, and Allison Carney closed out the scoring in the first half when she took a perfect through pass from Lehman and unloaded from 16 yards out, giving the Falcons a 6-0 lead at the break.

Strzepek registered the lone goal of the second half on an assist from Benson.

Zych made 10 saves in goal for the Bobcats, who were outshot, 22-4. Messiah also held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"Our girls gave it everything they had the entire game," said Bobcat Head Coach Carrie Lysik. "Messiah's an excellent team, and they could win the national title.

"It's been a great year for us, and we're very happy to have been able to represent Frostburg State University and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in the NCAA Tournament."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780