One year ago, Francesca Cobuzzi helped the Pearl River High School girls soccer team reach the Section 1 semifinals as the Pirates' starting goalkeeper.
This fall, Cobuzzi took over as Muhlenberg College's starting goalie early in her freshman season, starting 14 of 19 games to help the Mules (8-9-2) reach the Centennial Conference playoffs.
Cobuzzi finished fourth in the conference with a 0.74 goals against average, third-best in school history, with a .867 save percentage and six shutouts. She helped Muhlenberg set a school record for fewest goals given up in season with 14.
She earned Centennial Conference Defendive Player of the Week honors once this season, making 17 saves in a 2-0 upset victory over Johns Hopkins, which went on to reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.
Winter Sports Begin This week
The Pearl River bowling team will be the first winter sports squad to open its season Wednesday at Pearl River Lanes against Nanuet.
The Pearl River Ice Hockey team will open its 2012-13 season 9:15 p.m. Friday against Horace Greeley at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, the Pirates' home ice.
Pearl River went 13-7-1 last season, reaching the second round of the playoffs.
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