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Women's Soccer Names 2004 Award Winners

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State women’s soccer program announced its award winners for the 2004 season at its annual team banquet held Sunday, December 12 at Failinger’s Hotel Gunter in Frostburg.

Senior Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast) and sophomore Danielle Carter (Rockville, Md./Rockville) shared Offensive Most Valuable Player honors.

Kotofski was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year after setting a Bobcat single-season record with 54 points on 21 goals and 12 assists.

She earned first-team All-AMCC honors for the fourth year in a row and was also named to the All-Great Lakes Region second team, her third consecutive regional All-America honor. She completed her career as FSU’s all-time leader in goals (83), assists (26) and points (192).

Carter scored 19 goals and added seven assists to finish second on the team with 45 points. She set a single-season school record with seven multi-goal scoring games this year, breaking the old record of six set by Kotofski in 2003, and was named to the All-AMCC first team.

Junior Beth Hlebasko (New Market, Md./Linganore) was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player after helping the Bobcats post a school-record 0.67 goals against average. FSU allowed just 14 goals in 20 games and tied a school record with 10 shutouts this season.

Hlebasko, a first-team All-AMCC selection, also contributed greatly to the Bobcat offense, scoring two goals and tying Kotofski for the team lead with 12 assists. Both Hlebasko and Kotofski are also tied atop the FSU list with 26 career assists.

Senior Alyse Reed (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) was named FSU’s Unsung Hero. The team co-captain scored one goal and added one assist out of the midfield.

Junior midfielder Erin Carraghan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) was selected the team’s Most Improved Player. She finished fourth on the squad with seven goals, six assists and 20 points after recording two goals and three assists in 2003.

Carraghan netted the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory over Penn State Behrend in the AMCC Tournament championship match and was named to the All-AMCC second team.

Freshman midfielder Jen Naylor (Riva, Md./St. Mary's) took home Best New Player honors after recording three goals and one assist in 20 games. She was voted to the All-AMCC second team.

Kotofski was also named FSU’s Scholar-Athlete after being selected to the 2004 ESPN Academic All-America® Women's Soccer First Team. She is the first Bobcat women’s soccer player to earn the first-team national academic honor.

Kotofski, who owns a 3.713 grade point average in early childhood/elementary education, was voted to the Academic All-District II Team for the third year in a row as well.

Frostburg State finished 14-3-3 overall and 8-1 in the AMCC. The Bobcats won their fourth straight AMCC Tournament title and earned a fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.

FSU edged Westminster 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the second round for the second year in a row before falling to eventual national quarterfinalist Christopher Newport 1-0 in the regional semifinals.

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