KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The sixth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team seemed to have righted the ship with an impressive 3-0 victory against Seton Hill last Saturday, Oct. 21.
The Golden Bears (14-2 overall, 12-2 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) entered the game against the Griffins on a two-game losing streak, their longest since the 2015 season.
Goals by senior Morgan Staley (Landenberg, Pa./Kennett), junior Alyssa Ryan (North Wales, Pa./Wissahickon) and sophomore Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) gave KU a three-goal cushion inside the first 25 minutes.
Sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) and the KU defense kept Seton Hill at bay for the shutout, the ninth of the season, good for fifth in program history.
Kutztown was recently tabbed sixth in the latest United Soccer Coaches National Poll released Tuesday afternoon. Notably, West Chester University comes in at 21.
The Maroon and Gold are perched atop the PSAC standings, tied with West Chester with 12-2 marks in the league. Kutztown defeated the Golden Rams 2-0 back on Sept. 27, giving it the tie-breaker advantage.
All eight PSAC tournament spots have been clinched, with KU’s next opponent, Bloomsburg, holding the eighth and final position. Kutztown has also clinched a home game for the quarterfinal round, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The Golden Bears travel to Bloomsburg (9-4-2, 8-4-2) for a showdown Wednesday, Oct. 25 under the lights at 7 p.m. at Steph Pettit Stadium.
The Huskies are unbeaten at home (6-0-1) and will be looking to give their two seniors a nice send off, just as Kutztown did for Staley and Hannah Oren (Wind Gap, Pa./Nazareth Area) last weekend against Seton Hill.
Bloomsburg is fourth in the league in scoring (36 goals) and second in the league in scoring average (2.40). Goalie Jenna Hawkins has recorded six shutouts on the season and owns a 1.15 goals-against-average.
The Maroon and Gold enter the game leading the conference in scoring (47), scoring average (2.94) and are also tied for first in fewest goals allowed with nine.
Zwiercan is second in the PSAC with 30 points (12 G, 6 A) while sophomore Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area)is fifth in the league with 20 points (10 G). Freshman Randi Smith(Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) is tied for eighth in the PSAC with 16 points on five goals and six assists.
Other double-digit scorers include Ryan (11 points, 4 G, 3 A) and sophomore Kate Martin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) (10 points, 4 G, 2 A).
Bracken is third in the league with a .648 GAA, and second in the league with an .873 save percentage. She is seventh in the league with 48 total saves, and also has recorded four shutouts.
The last meeting between these two teams as in the PSAC quarterfinals last year with Kutztown coming out on top 3-0. They met during the regular season, also at Bloomsburg, and KU was victorious 1-0.
After the game with Bloomsburg, Kutztown will end its regular season schedule on the road at the University of Pitt-Johnstown (1-14-1, 1-12-1) on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.