PREVIEW: No. 4 Women’s Soccer Has Rematch with ESU in PSAC Semifinals

11/1/2017 | Women’s Soccer
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KUTZTOWN | The fourth-ranked and second-seeded Kutztown University women’s soccer team may have gotten the opponent that it wanted when it takes on third seed East Stroudsburg University  Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) semifinals at top-seeded West Chester University.

Tickets for Thursday’s Semifinal 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.

Spectators and Team Buses will be directed to Lot Q, across the

street from the soccer complex. Reserved parking will be available for handicapped, game officials, and VIP’s at the field in Lot T.

One of the two losses on the season for the Golden Bears (16-2-1 overall) came at the hands of the Warriors (13-3-3), as they were shutout 1-0 back on Oct. 18.

Since that game, KU has gone unbeaten in its last four, including a 3-0 win Tuesday afternoon over Seton Hill University in the quarterfinals.

These two teams know each other well, as they have met in two of the last three PSAC tournaments. Both were in the championship games in 2014 and 2016, with East Stroudsburg winning both of those contests and the 2015 championship.

Since 2012, Kutztown and East Stroudsburg have played each other eight times during the regular season and in the conference playoffs combined. Each of those eight games were decided by one goal.

The Warriors are 6-2 vs. the Golden Bears since 2012, including wins in the 2014 PSAC championship game (1-0 at ESU) and 2016 PSAC championship game (2-1), which was played at West Chester.

Dating back to the 2008 season, Kutztown has played in 10 straight PSAC tournaments. Thursday is the sixth semifinal round game in the last nine years. KU is 3-1 in the PSAC tournament the last two years.

ESU is 8-0-2 in PSAC Tournament games in the last four seasons, including a 2-1 victory over Slippery Rock University in the quarterfinals Tuesday where they came back from being down 1-0 early on.

Kutztown’s offense has tallied 56 goals this year, which is the second most in program history. It has also tied a program record with 39 assists thus far.

The offense is led by sophomores Maddie Mohr and Emily Zwiercan. The two have combined for 27 goals on the season, and are third and fourth in the conference in scoring respectively. Zwiercan has a team-leading nine assists, followed by freshman Randi Smith with seven.

Sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken picked up the win against the Griffins in the quarterfinals, her 10th win this season and 20th in her career, which is fifth all-time in KU history.

The 11 shutouts that the defense has earned is fourth in program history. They have allowed just 11 goals all season.

With a win Thursday, the Golden Bears would advance to their fifth PSAC Championship game in nine years as they search for their first PSAC title in program history.

The winner of Kutztown and East Stroudsburg will face the winner of the first semifinal in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Championship. The first semifinal, which begins at 11 a.m., features host, one-seed and No. 16 West Chester against four-seed Gannon.

The PSAC women’s soccer championship game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at West Chester.

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