KUTZTOWN | With the 2017 regular season wrapped up last Saturday, Oct. 28, the sixth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team is set for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament.
The Golden Bears (15-2-1 overall, 13-2-1 PSAC) earned the second seed for the second year in a row, and will host Seton Hill University, the seventh seed, Tuesday afternoon at Keystone Field at 1 p.m.
The two teams met back on Saturday, Oct. 21 on senior day. Kutztown came out on top 3-1. It was the second victory in a row over the Griffins, following a 3-0 win in Sept. of 2016.
KU won its season finale, 4-0 Saturday at the University of Pitt-Johnstown. It enters the playoffs unbeaten in its last three games.
Dating back to the 2008 season, Kutztown has earned 10 straight PSAC Tournament appearances.
The 13 conference victories ties the program record set last season when the Maroon and Gold won 13 PSAC games for the first time in program history.
Sophomores Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) spearhead the attack. Mohr has tallied 13 goals and Zwiercan has added 12, good for third and fifth respectively in the conference.
Zwiercan has a team-high eight assists, which is second in the PSAC. Just behind, freshman forward Randi Smith (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) contributed seven assists and five goals.
KU as a team has 37 assists, which is third in program history.
Junior captain Alyssa Ryan (North Wales, Pa./Wissahickon) and sophomore Kate Martin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) each have totaled four goals and three assists on the season. Senior captain Hannah Oren (Wind Gap, Pa./Nazareth Area), who found the back of the net against UPJ, has three goals this season.
KU’s defense has 10 shutouts on the season, the most since the 2011 season when it recorded 11. The defensive unit has also allowed just 11 goals on the year, which is the least in program history over the course of a season. It is in a three-way tie for second in the PSAC, behind West Chester University who has given up just nine goals on the year.
Sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) has nine wins and four shutouts with a 0.75 goals-against-average in 12 games.
Junior Imani Taylor (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional), who started and picked up the victory Saturday, is 4-0 with a 1.000 save percentage in five games. She has made 13 saves on the year, picking up three shutouts.
Senior captain Morgan Staley (Landenberg, Pa./Kennett) has started 17 games in the center of the defense. Her running-mate, sophomore Kristina Miller (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), started every game in the middle of the defense.
Freshman Anna Hull (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)started 17-of-18 games at right back. Junior Erica Monte Carlo(Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) is back from injury and has started at left back the last three games after missing 11 due to the injury. Sophomore Kaylee Kupiec (Deptford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) and junior Olivia Novak (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central (Temple)) helped the unit remain strong in Monte Carlo’s absence.
The Griffins (12-5-1, 10-5-1) come into the matchup having almost a week off since their last game. They edged Clarion University 1-0 in overtime Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Seton Hill is third in the league in goals scored with 40. Junior Emily LoPresti has a PSAC-leading 16 goals on the season.
Its defense has given up just 22 goals this year. Junior goalie Jessica Neill has made 92 saves, which is a league-high.
Tickets for Tuesday’s Quarterfinal match are $10 for adults and $5 for students. All PSAC students will be admitted into the game for free with a valid school ID. Pets will not be allowed at Keystone Field and will need to be kept off the premises.
Tuesday’s match will be telecast on KUTV by the University’s department of cinema, television and media production. Fans can watch the game on Service Electric Cablevision Channel 24 and 524 (HD), Hometown Utilicom Channel 191 in Kutztown and eastern Berks Country, and Service Electric Channel 266 and 765 (HD) in the Lehigh Valley. All games are also available through KUTV’s webcast.