FSU Women's Soccer

NCAA Division III Women's Soccer
in Frostburg, Maryland

AMCC Champions
NCAA Tournaments

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The 2003 FSU Women's Soccer Season
AMCC Conference Champions (3rd)
NCAA Tournament Appearance (3rd)
16-5 Overall   (8-0 AMCC)

2003 AMCC Champions

Season Summary

Coach Parker added two new coaches to the staff, Denise Rogers and Jamie Olson, just as the Bobcats are voted by conference coaches as the preseason favorites to win their 3rd straight AMCC Championship.  Frostburg met all the expecations as they won both the regular season and tournament championship defeating Penn-State Behrend in the Championship Game at home 4-2.   As a result, FSU earned a 3rd consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and was asked to host a first-round game.  The opponent was Westminster and FSU prevailed 3-2 on a last minute breakaway goal by Becky Rambo.  It was the first-ever NCAA Tounament win for the Bobcats and the first NCAA post-season game played at FSU in any sport for many years. FSU's reward was a game with then #2 ranked Scranton.  The team played hard but one second half goal was all Scranton needed to advance in the Tournament with a 1-0 result and end FSU's season.  The 16-5 record was one of the best in school history and the Bobcats went undefeated in AMCC play for the first time by any school in conference history in women's soccer.
FSU swept the conference annual awards as Junior Karen Kotofski was named AMCC Player of the Year, freshman Danielle Carter was named Newcomer of the Year, and Coach Parker was named Coach of the Year. Kotofski was also named to the 2003 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Great Lakes Regional All-America First Team as well as to the 2003 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District II Second Team.  Kotofski also set the single-season school records with 24 goals and 53 points, as well as school career record with  62 goals and 138 points.  Stephanie Zych finished out her goalkeeping career as FSU’s all-time leader with 48 wins, 443 saves, and 19 shutouts. She also owns the top 2 spots for wins in a season, posting 17 wins in 2001 and 16 in 2003. 
                Off the field, the Bobcats were rewarded for their success in the classroom. For the first time in the program’s history Frostburg won the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.10 team GPA for the year.

2003 Results

Aug. 30

at St. Vincent


Sept. 6

vs. Buffalo State


Sept. 7

at Dickinson


Sept. 10

at Eastern Mennonite


Sept. 13

Carnegie Mellon


Sept. 14



Sept. 17

at Washington & Jefferson


Sept. 24

at Grove City


Oct. 3

at Villa Julie


Oct. 7

at La Roche


Oct. 11

Lake Erie


Oct. 18

at Pitt-Bradford


Oct. 22

Penn State Altoona


Oct. 25


W/2-1 (2ot)

Oct. 26



Oct. 30

at Bethany


Nov. 1

at Penn State Behrend


Nov. 4

La Roche (AMCC Semifinal)


Nov. 8

Penn State Behrend (AMCC Final)


Nov. 12

vs. Westminster (NCAA First Round)


Nov. 15

vs. Scranton (NCAA Regional Semifinal)  


Records and Facts of Note in 2003:

  • won 16 games in 2003, the program’s 9th consecutive winning season
  • won an FSU record 12 games in a row
  • won the AMCC regular season title for the first time
  • went undefeated against AMCC opponents for the first time
  • hosted and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time
  • won the AMCC Conference Championship for the 3rd consecutive year and participated in the NCAA Tournament again in 2003
  • FSU was the only Maryland team in Division III to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and only Maryland women’s team in all Divisions to advance
Individual Awards and Recognitions:
Academic Honors:
2002-2003 NSCAA College Team Academic Award
Verizon CoSIDA –Academic All-American District II:
Karen Kotofski
2002 Academic All-Conference Team:
Lynnea Finch, Beth Hlebasko, Karen Kotofski,
Erika Neuser, Shera Rowan, and Stephanie Zych
Athletic Honors:
NSCAA Regional All-American:
Karen Kotofski -
Great Lakes All-Region 1st Team
AMCC Player of the Year: Karen Kotofski
  AMCC Newcomer of the Year: Danielle Carter
AMCC Coach of the Year: Brian Parker, FSU
AMCC All-Conference Players:
First Team: Karen Kotofski, Beth Hlebasko
Second Team: Erin Carraghan, Danielle Carter, Teri Galt,
Jodie Gittleson, Aimee Sprague, and Stephanie Zych
2003 AMCC Players of the Week:
Stephanie Zych (4), Karen Kotofski (3), Danielle Carter (2)

Team Awards:
Offensive MVP - Karen Kotofski

Defensive MVP - Teri Galt
Unsung Hero - Aimee Sprague
Most Improved Player - Lynnea Finch
Best New Player - Danielle Carter
Scholar Athlete - Stephanie Zych

2003 Senior
2003 Senior Stephanie Zych

Stephanie Zych was a goalkeeping legend at FSU.  She earned the starting job in her Freshmen year and never looked back starting in 74 FSU games playing 6,799 minutes in the goal.  She set FSU career records in Wins (48), Saves (443), and Shutouts (19).  She was an All-AMCC player since her sophomore year and was named Conference Goalkeeper of the Week 7 times in her final two seasons.  As a Senior, Stephanie captained an FSU team that won 3 AMCC Championships in her 4 years in goal.

The 2003 Team

2003 FSU Women's Soccer Team

Senior Goalkeeper Stephanie Zych
Junior Back Candi Burkhardt
Junior Back Lynnea Finch
Junior Forward Karen Kotofski
Junior Forward Erika Neuser
Junior Midfield Rebecca Rambo
Junior Midfield Alyse Reed
Junior Back Laurie Reinholt
Junior Midfield Aimee Sprague
Junior Forward Beth Yetter
Sophomore Midfield Erin Carraghan
Sophomore Back Clair Duhigg
Sophomore Back Teri Galt
Sophomore Midfield Jodie Gittleson
Sophomore Back Beth Hlebasko
Sophomore Midfield Micaela Karinshak
Sophomore Forward Shera Rowan
Sophomore Goalkeeper Jackie Tonsing
Freshman Forward Danielle Carter

Head Coach: Brian Parker

Assistant Coaches: Denise Rogers, Jamie Olson