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Women's Soccer Opens Season with a 1-1 Tie Against Mount Union

ALLIANCE, OH - Freshman Beth Hlebasko's first career goal in the 72nd minute helped the Frostburg State women's soccer team earn a 1-1 tie in its season-opener versus Mount Union Saturday night in the Mount Union Invitational.

The Purple Raiders struck early as freshman Brittany Grinstead took a feed from junior Jessica Gordon and beat Bobcat junior goalkeeper Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.).

FSU (0-0-1) was challenged often early, but Zych's four saves and a solid defensive support kept the Bobcats even.

After shaking off some rust, FSU took over the game, holding the possession more than 60% of the time.

"The momentum was all FSU," said Brian Parker of his first official game as the Bobcats' head coach. "We pressured well and had some really good chances at the end of the match."

Frostburg State was able to come from behind and tie the game on a great individual performance by Hlebasko. The Bobcat rookie tackled the ball in the midfield, took the ball forward and drove the shot from about 40 yards into the corner netting, tying the score at 1-1.

"It felt great to come from behind," said Parker. "It showed our strength and our fitness was great to keep the pressure up all the way through double overtime."

With the season officially under way, the Bobcats will look to come home with its first win as they face Wooster College in the second game of the Mount Union Invitational at noon on Sunday.

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