Women’s Soccer defeats Mary Washington in 3-0 Victory
In Wednesday’s game, three different bobcat players scored for the Frostburg State women’s soccer team as the they defeated Mary Washington (UMW) 3-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference action.
First, freshman Melanie Bell got the Bobcats (8-3-2, 2-1 CAC) on the board early just 9:09 into the game as junior Erin Worthman sent a cross from the right side of the net that Bell sent over the hands of the leaping Eagles’ goalie to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
Mary Washington (7-4-1, 1-1-1 CAC) did not get off its first shot of the game until the 23rd minute when junior Michelle Gibbons’ shot was blocked by a Frostburg defender to diminish the Eagles’ scoring threat.
Worthman gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first half as she corralled an errant pass by UMW that went over the head of one of the Eagles in front of Worthman. The junior drove hard to the net and sent in a shot from 10 yards out to the right of the goalie for her fifth goal of the season.
Worthman’s final shot of the first half with 33 seconds to play went just wide of the net and Frostburg State took the 2-0 lead into half time.
Mary Washington opened the second half with a quick barrage of shots form junior Lizzie Weast. Her initial shot of the half went just wide of the net. After the Eagles regained control of the ball in their offensive zone, Weast tried again with a shot that was block by FSU and rebounded back to her feet. Weast’s next shot went just wide of the net again and Frostburg held onto its 2-0 lead with 40 minutes to play.
A foul from UMW set up a free kick for Frostburg and after a small scrum in front of the net calmed down; senior Stephanie Fazenbaker took control of the ball and slid it under the diving UMW goalie, sophomore Sara Armor.
In the 73rd minute, senior Katie Smith made a pair of saves for Frostburg State to preserve the 3-0 lead before the Eagles had their final scoring chance of the game. Weast sent a corner kick into the box for Gibbons who had a quick play on the ball. Smith dove to her right and batted the ball down to keep it in front of the goal line and quickly gained control to prevent it from trickling into the goal.
Worthman had one final scoring chance with 4:05 to play as she sent the ball just wide of a diving Armor and hit the far post.
Smith needed just three saves in the win while Armor totaled two in the loss for UMW. Frostburg out-shot the Eagles 15-11 and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Frostburg State returns to the pitch when the Bobcats host Marymount in a CAC contest on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm.