Bobcats Start off Strong in CAC Play
The Frostburg State women’s soccer team fell while on the road Saturday, Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s College by a score of 1-2. This was the Bobcats second CAC game of the year; they were 1-0 in CAC play going into the game. The Seahawks got off to a quick start in the game, scoring just 10 minutes into the match. St. Mary’s Claire Kostelnik, was able to slip past Bobcat goalkeeper Rhianna Lapen, to give St. Mary’s the 1-0 lead. The Bobcats defense held the game close and kept things to within one goal, until the 32nd minute. In the 32nd minute, the Bobcats defense let St. Mary’s Gillian Sawyer slip in behind them, where she was able to score an unassisted goal and put St. Mary’s up 2-0 going into the half. In the second half, the Bobcats struggling offense finally got things rolling when just five minutes into the half, Bobcat junior Melanie Bell was able to bring FSU to within one, making the score 2-1. Unfortunately, the St. Mary’s defense was just too tough for the Bobcats, and they were able to hold off all of the Bobcats late offensive pushes and run out the clock, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 victory. The Bobcats were outshot 16-7, with most of their shots coming in the second half.
The Bobcats continued play Wednesday, Oct. 5 against the University of Mary Washington. The Bobcats were able to gain their fifth victory of the season with a 1-0 win; they also recorded their second shutout of the season, while snapping a two game losing streak as well. The Bobcats were caught up in another defensive struggle, as both teams had great scoring chances that were shut down in the first and second half; both goalkeepers were putting in their best performances. Finally, with just eight minutes remaining in the game, Bobcat junior Melanie Bell was able to get a goal past the stout Mary Washington defense to give FSU a 1-0 lead, and score what would end up becoming the game winning goal. Bell has now recorded three goals this season, two of which have come in the past two straight games. Mary Washington outshot Frostburg State 13-12, but thanks to a great defensive game, the Bobcats never gave up a goal.