KUTZTOWN | The second-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 game Sunday afternoon to Indiana (PA) in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play at Keystone Field.
It was KU’s first setback since a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Western Washington University in the NCAA Final Four back on Dec. 1, 2016. It was also the first defeat in conference play since falling to East Stroudsburg University 1-0 on Oct. 5, 2016.
On a wet playing surface, the Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 11-1 PSAC) had trouble stringing together scoring chances, and the Crimson Hawks (9-4, 8-4) controlled much of the possession.
KU outshot IUP 22-11, but Indiana held an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal, and it needed just one of them to be successful in deciding the game.
McKenna Keffel dribbled past a KU defender and ripped a shot that beat sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) to put the Crimson Hawks ahead 1-0 in the 32nd minute.
That was the first deficit Kutztown faced all season, spanning 1,201 minutes where it was either tied or in the lead of the game.
Bracken finished with seven saves.
The Golden Bears threatened much of the second half, firing 17 of their 22 shots during the last 45 minute frame. But IUP goalie Madeline Smakulski (seven saves) came up big time after time, stopping everything that came her way, including open looks right in front of her net.
Kutztown will look to regroup as it travels to take on East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.