Women’s Soccer Ties Frostburg State in Home Opener

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Courtesy of Ryan Stickel

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., — The Shepherd University women’s soccer match against Frostburg State University in Shepherdstown on Thursday could be described as a game of missed opportunities.

In a non-conference match-up that ended in a 1-1 tie, four shots by Shepherd players hit a goalpost and a corner kick in the final seconds was inches away from breaking a logjam that spanned much of the contest.

“I feel like we worked our butts off,” sophomore goalkeeper Lulu Fricks said after the game. “I think that our hard work and dedication will get us through the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) and this difficult competition that we’ll be against.”

In Thursday’s contest, freshman midfielder Sara Hohn opened scoring in the 20th minute on a goal assisted by Braden Pickett and Emma Bernardoni.

Frostburg’s Audra Curtin responded minutes later to tie the game with a goal to the back of the net.

What might have appeared to some as the potential start of scoring fireworks by both teams ultimately was silenced in a defensive struggle that ensued after the 32nd minute.

Kate Eddy led the Rams with three shots on goal. Three other players recorded two shots on goal, including Sara Hohn’s score on one of them.

Courtesy of Ryan Stickel

Frostburg goalies collected 12 saves for the game, 10 coming in the second half and overtime. The Rams had nine saves for the game.

Shepherd, which left the Mountain East Conference last year, is set to begin its inaugural season of PSAC conference play on Sept. 11 at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

A member of the Mountain East Conference, Frostburg’s next opponent on Sept. 7 will also be Shippensburg.