Late Rally Comes Up Short as Hawks Fall to FSU

Release Date:
November 1, 2006
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FROSTBURG, MD – The Frostburg State women’s soccer team held off a late rally by Hilbert College for a 2-1 win in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) tournament semifinals on Wednesday. The host Bobcats (12-5) will face Penn State Behrend (13-5-1) in Saturday’s final with the winner representing the AMCC in the national tournament.

A scoreless first-half lasted until Frostburg’s Katie Emminger got the Bobcats on the board at 58:19. Amanda Drake beat Hilbert keeper Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) just 3:38 later and the Bobcats had a quick 2-0 lead.

Hilbert’s Tricia Knight (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a goal at 70:04, but that’s as close as the Hawks (8-7-2) would come to pulling off an upset of the tournament’s number one seed. Goodwin finished the game with nine saves while Frostburg’s Stephanie Gwinn stopped four saves for the winners.

“We really played a tremendous match today,” commented Hawks coach James Ruggiero. “I’m extremely proud of the way we competed.”

The Hawks will wait to see if they qualify for next week’s Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) post-season tournament. Selections are scheduled to be announced on Monday, November 6th.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.