PREVIEW: No. 4 Women’s Soccer Looks to Rebound at ESU

Women’s Soccer
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KUTZTOWN | The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team will travel to East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to take on the Warriors in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action. Game time is set for 7p.m. at Eiler-Martin Stadium.

The Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 11-1 PSAC) are coming off of their first loss of the season, after being defeated 1-0 in Sunday’s game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). As the competition concluded, it marked the first time since 2011 that KU has fallen to IUP.

In addition, KU found themselves trailing in a game for the first time all season. After the 32nd minute, IUP’s McKenna Keffel scored the lone goal and KU found themselves unable to recover. It was also the first time Kutztown was shutout since its 3-0 loss to Western Washington University last year during the NCAA Final Four.

KU was previously ranked No. two in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll. After the loss against IUP, the Golden Bears dropped to No.four in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II week 7 poll.

Kutztown is still ranked first in the PSAC standings at 11-1, and rank first in goals scored (44). However, the offense has been struggling the past few games. KU has scored just seven goals in the past three games and looks to regain momentum Wednesday against ESU.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) has been a consistent player for KU. During the IUP game she faced eight shots, allowing just one to be scored. Bracken ranks second in the PSAC for goals against average (.568) and save percentage (.881).

Offensively, both sophomores Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) are at or near the top of the league in different categories. Zwiercan leads the PSAC in points (27) and ranks second for number of goals scored (11) this season, while Mohr is third in the PSAC for goals scored (10).

East Stroudsburg is currently ranked second in the PSAC, with 31 goals scored, just below Kutztown. In the past, ESU has been a tough team to play. The Golden Bears have not come out with a victory since 2015. KU fell to the Warriors last year during both the regular season (1-0) and during the PSAC Championship game (2-1).

Leading ESU in points is Jules Sicker (15), with six goals and three assists. Also contributing are Monica Wood and Haley Skove both with five goals each.

In goal for the Warriors is Jules Harris. Harris is ranked third in the PSAC for both goals against average (.617) and save percentage (.869).

If the Golden Bears drop their game against ESU, it will be the first time they’ve lost consecutive games since the 2015 season. Following the game against East Stroudsburg, KU only has three regular-season games left, one of which being at home.

The next game is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Keystone Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and will also be Senior Day.

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