MOHNTON – The Kutztown University women’s golf team is hitting its stride at the perfect time. Leading up to the conference championships in two weeks, KU won its second-straight invite and third of the fall season on Tuesday with a win at the Alvernia Fall Invitational at the LedgeRock Golf Club.
Caity Leppert (Layton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) shot the second 79 of her senior year for a second-place finish. She helped lead KU to a 20-stroke victory over second-place Millersville.
All five of Kutztown’s team golfers finished in the top-10. Rachel Tarnopoll (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) and Shannon Weber(Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area (Millersville)) each shot an 80 to tie for third. Jillian Jones (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) rounded out KU’s top-four scores with an 84 to tie for seventh.
The Golden Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the ESU Invitational.
KUTZTOWN – Sophomore defender Kaylee Kupiec (Deptford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) scored her
Kupiec, who originally began her career at KU as a midfielder, has started the last six games at right-back along the defensive front.
So when the ball was kicked out her way outside of the 18-yard box, she didn’t think twice about shooting, and let a line-drive strike that flew right past Raiders goalie Delaney Shifflett for the opening goal of the game.
“The ball got hit out to me and I had an open look at a shot, so I took it,” said Kupiec. “I used to be an offensive-minded player so I’m used to shooting. So when I got it I thought why not, and went for it. Luckily I got a hold of it and it helped out the team.”
Kupiec became the 13th different player to score for the Golden Bears, adding to their PSAC-leading offense, which is tops in the league with 38 goals on the year.
Kutztown (12-0 overall, 10-0 PSAC) had plenty of opportunities at goal, outshooting Shippensburg (3-9-1, 2-9) by a 31-7 total, but could not muster up any other finishes against a bend-but-don’t-break Raiders defense.
“Shippensburg came out ready to go and played with a lot of energy from the opening whistle,” Kupiec said. “I don’t think we were expecting them to come out as well as they did. But we executed our game plan within the first 10 minutes and got the goal that we needed, and then just pushed through and finished out the game with solid defense and possession.”
Kupiec, along with Morgan Staley (Landenberg, Pa./Kennett), Kristina Miller (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and Anna Hull(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)were once again stout in the back. Sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) made her sixth straight start for the Maroon and Gold. She made one save and won her eighth game on the season, also picking up her fourth shutout.
Kutztown began the day voted second in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division II Week 6 Poll released Tuesday afternoon. The University of Central Missouri was voted first, a week after KU held the top spot. Western Washington, Grand Valley State and Flagler College round out the top-five.
The Golden Bears travel to Mansfield University on Friday, Oct. 13for a 4 p.m. kickoff as they look to keep the undefeated mark going.
“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time,” said Kupiec. “Moving forward we just have to worry about what we can control, like executing the game plan and just live in the moment.”
Kutztown’s closest set was its last. Trailing 23-21, KU rattled off back-to-back points to tie the set at 23-all. Following an ESU timeout, the Warriors pressured KU at the net to force a KU error and a match-point opportunity. Both teams competed in a lengthy final point, but the Golden Bears fell on the wrong side of the final touch.
Brittney Moyer (Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain (Lock Haven)) had a team-high nine kills, while Holly Owen (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) added four. Senior Madisyn Kleinfelter (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) led KU at the setter position with 12 assists and three digs.
Defensively, Sydney Wilson (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) continued her terrific freshman campaign with 20 digs on the backline.
East Stroudsburg hit .219 and tallied 10 blocks to lead it to victory. Sarah Smith had 11 kills and 13 digs to lead the way offensively. Sam Dunphy and Desiree Claxton each had nine kills.
The Golden Bears return to Keystone Arena after three weeks on the road. KU hosts Lock Haven University on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Keystone Arena.
Courtesy of the Kutztown University Department of Cinema, Television and Media Production, watch the latest episode of KUTV’s, “Between the Lines”.
This week’s episode begins with the “Weekend Update” as hosts Glenn and Matt get you caught up on the previous week’s KU athletics action.
In the “Player of the Week” segment, viewers get a chance to hear from Hannah Oren (Wind Gap, Pa./Nazareth Area), a senior captain on the No. 1 Kutztown University women’s soccer team.
The final segment, “Inside the Locker Room”, features both the Kutztown men’s and women’s tennis teams as they discuss their results from the PSAC individual championships. On the women’s side, Yasmeen Malik (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and Ashley Carter (Eynon, Pa./Valley View) sit down with Matt for an interview and then head out to the courts for some lessons with Tyler. Returning to the locker room, men’s tennis student-athletes Gabriel Nogara and Joan Perez close out the show with an interview with the host.