No. 2 Women’s Soccer Suffers First Setback of the Season

Women’s Soccer

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.

Women’s Bowling Opens Season in Record-Setting Fashion at Day 1 of KU’s Bud Whitman Memorial

Women’s Bowling
Saturday Results

READING | The Kutztown University women’s bowling team took a perfect game in the 10th frame of a baker game for the first time in school history on its way to a record-breaking score to highlight KU’s first day of action this season at its Bud Whitman Memorial at Berks Lanes.

The Golden Bears went 4-1 on the day and ranked eighth with a baker average of 186.8. KU defeated Medaille (934-913), Caldwell (917-872), Wilmington (936-845) and No. 24 Youngstown State (1073-1025), and fell to No. 14 Saint Francis (PA) (808-943).

The moment of the day for KU came in its upset-win over 24th-ranked Youngstown State. In a high-scoring affair in which KU won 1073-1025, KU posted nine-straight strikes to setup a perfect-game bid heading into the final frame, a first for the program in baker play. KU posted a nine with its first ball, but closed out the frame with a 279 in the fifth game, a school-record.

Felicia Trievel (Reading, Pa./Wilson) led the way for Kutztown, competing in 50 frames. She held a 19.45 frame average for a strong start to her junior year.

Sophomore Angela Kozma (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South)held an 18.8 average in 40 frames, and freshman Laura Hartley(Mt Pleasant Mills, Pa./Midd-West) opened her collegiate career with an 18.0 average in 30 frames.

Saint Francis (PA) won Day 1 of the Bud Whitman Memorial with a 198.0 average and a 4-1 record. LIU Brooklyn went undefeated Saturday, but finished second with a 197.8 average.

Action continues at Berks Lanes tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 15, beginning at 9 a.m.

Women’s Golf Gears Up for Postseason with Saturday Win at East Stroudsburg

Women’s Golf Results

STROUDSBURG | Rebecca Graham (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) and the Kutztown University women’s golf team won the ESU Invitational Saturday for its third-straight win and fourth of the fall season.

Graham shot a 76 to win the event of 29 golfers. It is her first win of the year and second of her career.

The Golden Bears shot a 313 for a 23-stroke victory in the field of five teams. East Stroudsburg finished second, Alvernia was third, Marywood was fourth and Jefferson finished fifth.

Shannon Weber (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area (Millersville)) shot one stroke off Graham with a 77 for second place. Freshman Jillian Jones (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) was third with a 78 as KU posted the top-three finishers in the field.

Caity Leppert (Layton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) rounded out the top-four golfers with an 82 for sixth place, as Rachel Tarnopoll (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) rounded out the top-10 with an 87.

Wrapping up Kutztown’s fall season, KU finished in the top-two in all six invites, including four victories.

Next up, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. KU will travel to Hershey, Pa. for the conference championships on Oct. 21-22.

Three Different Goal Scorers Lead Field Hockey Over Mercyhurst

Field Hockey | Box Score
ERIE | The Kutztown University field hockey team used three different goal scorers and a stout defensive effort in taking down Mercyhurst University 4-0 Saturday afternoon in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) contest.

The victory gives the Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 3-4 PSAC) momentum after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Chester University three days earlier.

Sophomore Kyra Wozniak (Plains, Pa./James M. Coughlin) scored just 6:41 into the game, and senior Madison Wampler (York, Pa./West York Area) tallied her first goal of the season during the first half, giving KU a 2-0 lead that it would hold until halftime.

Kutztown had a 16-2 shots advantage overall, and continued its scoring threats in the second half.

Sophomore Mackenzie Fuhrman (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Wozniak each had a second half goal.

Wozniak’s ten goals on the season lead the team and is tied for fourth in the conference.

Sophomore Molly Bobjak (New Castle, Del./Padua Academy)recorded her first point on the year, contributing an assist on Wozniak’s first-half goal. Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) and Fuhrman also had assists in the win.

Fuhrman now has eight assists on the season, which is good for third in the PSAC.

Senior goalie Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn)made two saves and picked up the win.

The Golden Bears return home to take on Mansfield University on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Andre Reed Stadium.

21-Point Third Quarter Fuels Win Over ESU, Tie for First-Place

Football | Box Score

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University football team had a good day both on and off the field. KU used a 21-point third quarter to run away with a 41-9 victory against East Stroudsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game Saturday afternoon at Andre Reed Stadium.

Then, about an hour later and 60 miles away, Bloomsburg University lent a helping hand by upsetting previously unbeaten West Chester University on the road.

There is now a four-way tie at the top of the PSAC East Division between Kutztown (5-2 overall, 3-1 PSAC East), West Chester, Bloomsburg and Shippensburg all coming in at 3-1 in the division.

The Golden Bears offense started slow out of the gate. For the second straight week, they failed to score in the first quarter, and that has been a problem redshirt-sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) knows they need to take care of.

“It’s been a problem for us since the West Chester game [two weeks ago],” said DiGalbo about the low-scoring first halves. “We just have to stick together and run the game plan and just take what’s given to us. I think we have just been trying to do too much and that has been hurting us.”

DiGalbo credited the KU defense for keeping them in games and winning the field position battle.

Kutztown’s defense, which came into the game ranked third in the PSAC in scoring defense (19.8 ppg) and first in interceptions (12), helped break a scoring slump late in the second quarter.

Leading just 3-0 with a little over two minutes until halftime and the Warriors (2-5, 1-3) driving, redshirt-junior cornerback Jake Perry(Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) intercepted a pass by Tim DiGiorgio and returned it 27 yards to position KU near midfield. It was Perry’s ninth career interception and fourth this season which is good for third in the conference.

Three plays later, DiGalbo found freshman wideout Amadou Barry(Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) for a 42-yard touchdown. It was the first of two connections between the two on the day.

On ESU’s ensuing drive, the Maroon and Gold secondary was at it again. Ahkee Cox-Cowan (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) came away with an interception and took it back 50 yards to the Warriors 29-yard line, and allowed Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)to boom a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and KU could headed to the locker room leading 13-0. Rosenfeld also kicked a 26-yarder earlier in the quarter to open up the scoring.

While Kutztown exploded in the third quarter offensively, it did not start out the way it wanted to.

On the first play of the second half, the Warriors forced a turnover with a strip-fumble recovery run back for a 35-yard touchdown for their first score of the game.

With momentum now on the side of East Stroudsburg, Kutztown could not continue to sputter.

And it didn’t.

DiGalbo picked apart the defense to the tone of three third quarter touchdowns each to a different receiver.

Conor Sullivan (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall)Jack Pilkerton (La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West)) and Barry caught touchdown passes of 23, 6, and 79 yards respectively as the Golden Bears lead plummeted to 34-9 after three quarters.

Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) added a five-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter as the offense tallied a season-high 560 yards of total offense. It is the highest overall total since KU recorded 668 yards against ESU on Oct. 15, 2016.

Lost a little bit in the offensive numbers that were put up, the KU defense gave up just 185 yards of total offense and nine points. It is the second lowest yards total given up this season, the first coming last week against Bloomsburg (166 yards).

Redshirt-junior Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) led the way with 10 tackles (3 tackles for loss), one sack and a forced fumble. Jefferson also collected his 200th career tackle, becoming just the 23rd player in program history to accomplish the feat.

“I go out and play every game for my teammates and my school,” said Jefferson. “It’s a great honor, but I never think about individual accomplishments when all I want is for my team to win. It was a good performance by the guys today.”

Kutztown hits the road for its next game when it travels to Lock Haven Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

KU Falls to UPJ in PSAC Play

Women’s Volleyball | Box Score
KUTZTOWN | Less than 24 hours after securing its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory of the 2017 season, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team fell in straight sets to the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Mountain Cats (25-14,25-19,25-21) on Saturday afternoon.

UPJ’s offense came out firing to open the match, racking up seven kills in its first 12 points to put the Mountain Cats ahead 12-4 early on. Pitt-Johnstown continued to extend this advantage as the set progressed, winning the opening frame by a final of 25-14. UPJ’s high-powered attack had 15 kills and zero attacking errors in the first set, hitting .441 as a team.

Despite a relatively one-sided opening set, the Golden Bears showed no signs of discouragement in a very competitive second frame. KU’s aggressive play from the service line forced the UPJ offense out of system several times to the midway point of set two, as a kill from Alli Henderson (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area)put Kutztown ahead 13-9.

Trailing by four, Pitt-Johnstown found its offensive rhythm at this point, using a 6-2 run to even the set at 15-all. Both sides traded points to the 18-18 mark, but a critical string of four straight tallies from UPJ proved to be the difference in this frame. Ahead 22-18 following this, the Mountain Cats saw this margin to the finish line, defeating the Maroon and Gold in set two, 25-19.

A slow start in the third set put the Golden Bears behind 12-6 in the early stages. However, a resilient KU side clawed its way back, using a 5-1 run which was capped by a block from Brittney Moyer(Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain (Lock Haven)) and Niki Carpenter(King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion Area) to pull within two, trailing 13-11.

Performing well when it was needed most, Pitt-Johnstown’s offense ripped off five of the next seven points to go ahead 18-13, prompting a timeout from Head Coach John Gump. Down but not out, Kutztown again closed the gap, getting this deficit to one down 22-21, following a Henderson kill and Mountain Cat attacking error.

Three straight kills from UPJ at this point decided the outcome of the third set as Pitt-Johnstown came away with a 25-21 victory, taking the match in three sets.

Offensively, the Maroon and Gold were led in kills by the trio of Moyer, Jessica Howe (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area)and Henderson, whom posted eight, seven and five kills respectively. Britney Hewitt (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg (East Stroudsburg)), who added four kills, recorded a team-high .375 attack percentage in the match and chipped in two of KU’s four blocks on the afternoon.

The defensive effort was captained by Sydney Wilson (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), who racked up 13 digs, posting her 12th-straight match with double-digit digs. Setters Madisyn Kleinfelter(Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) and Abbey James (York, Pa./West York Area) combined for 25 of Kutztown’s 26 assists in the match.

The Maroon and Gold fall to 6-15 overall and 1-8 in the PSAC while UPJ improves to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the PSAC.

KU’s next match will be on the road against its arch-rival, the West Chester University Rams, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.

No. 2 Women’s Soccer Clinches PSAC Berth in Win Over Mansfield

MANSFIELD | The second-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team jumped out to an early three-goal lead within the first 16 minutes of play en route to a 6-0 victory over Mansfield University Friday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

The win clinches a playoff spot in the PSAC tournament for KU (13-0 overall, 11-0 PSAC), which begins Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The 13 straight victories breaks an unbeaten streak record of 12 held by the 2003 Kutztown team.

It took the Golden Bears just 0:41 to open up the scoring against the Mountaineers (0-10-1, 0-10-1).

Junior midfielder Alyssa Ryan (North Wales, Pa./Wissahickon)recorded her third goal of the season and put her team ahead in the first

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Kutztown is coming off a memorable season in 2016. The Golden Bears eclipsed program records for most regular season wins, most Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wins, most shutouts and most consecutive wins. A program with just one previous playoff victory in program history found themselves in the NCAA DII women’s soccer semifinals, where they would lose to the eventual national champion Western Washington.

Now the Golden Bears are on pace to crush every one of those numbers this season.

Read the entire story, with quotes from sophomore forward Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico), courtesy of Wayne Cavadi,, here:

Kutztown Defeats Lock Haven for First PSAC Victory

KUTZTOWN | In front of a boisterous home crowd at Keystone Arena, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team downed the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles in four sets (27-25,19-25,26-24,25-23) for its first win of the season in Pennslyvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.

Set one was a knock-down, drag-out affair with both sides exchanging leads for much of the opening frame. KU opened the first considerable margin of the set when Alli Henderson(Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) delivered a kill from the outside to put the Golden Bears ahead 18-15, prompting a Lock Haven timeout.

Following the break in action, LHU chipped away at this lead, tying the score at 25-all to set the stage for extra volleyball in the first set. In bonus action, the Kutztown offense converted in the critical

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