Carroll County duo boosts Penn State women's soccer


October 01, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

From Carroll County to Happy Valley, Heather Tomko and Mandy Komar have traveled different routes to become part of Penn State's successful women's soccer program.

Tomko, a freshman midfielder from North Carroll High, took the more traditional path. She just had too much talent and aggressiveness for Penn State coach Paula Wilkins to pass up.

"Heather is a very passionate player whose work rate and determination are unmatched," Wilkins said. "She will get a chance to learn a lot this season, and be both an offensive and defensive threat."

Tomko, 5 feet 3, has played 20-25 minutes a game for the No. 16 Nittany Lions (8-2-2). She has taken only four shots this season, but two went in during a 6-0 victory over Bucknell.

There was nothing traditional about the road Komar took to earning a starting defensive spot at Penn State.

The 5-10 senior from Westminster High was a high-scoring forward at Arkansas two years ago when she was involved in a frightening freak accident in Fayetteville. Komar's legs were run over by a Jeep Cherokee as she walked across a parking lot in the fog, but she said her book bag and soccer bag cushioned the blow. She miraculously suffered only bruises, and returned to action 11 days later, finishing her sophomore year with 15 points.

Komar then transferred to Penn State and had to make an adjustment from offense to defense her junior year, and finally won a starting defensive position last spring.

Now, Komar is called "our defensive anchor" by Wilkins.

"Mandy has a physical presence and a competitive drive," Wilkins said. "She is very good in the air and is a strong one-on-one defender."

Flint power

Senior Rachel Flint (Towson) is leading the Roanoke College field hockey team (6-2, 2-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference) in scoring and game-winning goals.

Flint has amassed 11 goals, including two game-winners, and two assists for 24 points. That places her ahead of fellow senior Kelley Busik (St. Mary's), who is second with 18 points (eight goals, two assists).

Freshman Erin Walsch (Towson) made her first collegiate goal an important one, breaking a 3-3 tie with Randolph-Macon with 11:42 left and then having it stand up for the victory.

A fourth Baltimore-area player, junior midfielder Heather Mosser (Dulaney), has started four games for the Maroons.

Nocur does it all

Gettysburg College senior running back Nick Nocur (Gilman) keeps racking up yards in four different ways, and is leading the team in all-purpose yards with 376 after four games for the Bullets (3-1).

Nocur has rushed 25 times for 166 yards (6.6 yard average) and two touchdowns, caught three passes for 90 yards and one touchdown, returned four kickoffs for 78 yards, and returned four punts for 42 yards.

Et cetera

Jason Blotzer (Northeast-AA) has been on a scoring tear lately for the York College men's soccer team (6-2-1, 2-0 in Capital Athletic Conference). The sophomore has given the Spartans a finisher out wide, scoring three goals and three assists for second place on the team scoring list.

Sophomore Megan Arnold (Bel Air) has 137 kills (2.14 a game) in 20 matches for the York College volleyball team, which is 15-6 start overall and 2-0 in the CAC.

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