No. 4 Women’s Soccer Shutout at East Stroudsburg

Women’s Soccer | Box Score | EAST STROUDSBURG | The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team has not had much luck lately against East Stroudsburg University. And that didn’t change Wednesday night, as KU dropped a 1-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game to the Warriors in what has been a rivalry consisting of tightly-contested contests over the past few years.

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.

ESU has also gotten the better of KU the last three games, and three in a row at Eiler-Martin Stadium. The last time KU won at East Stroudsburg was a 1-0 decision in game one in Sept. of 2014.

The 1-0 defeat Wednesday night is also the first time the Golden Bears (13-2 overall, 11-2 PSAC) have lost back-to-back games since Oct. of 2015.

The teams traded scoring chances on net during the first 45 minutes, with neither team successful in their attempts to break through.

Both goalies were stout, and made saves that were bound for the back of the net, but kept them out.

Sophomore Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) had a career-high night in goal, posting 10 saves.

Each save seemed to force Bracken in a different direction. She dove to the turf, moved left and right and even batted balls high up in the air.

But in the 59th minute there was a scramble in front of her goal. ESU’s Nicole Abbott found the ball at her feet and poked one past Bracken, which proved to be the game-winner for the Warriors (10-3-2, 10-3-1).

Kutztown had its chances in a late flurry with under 5:00 left, but were unable to find netting.

KU will look to stop the two-game skid on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at Keystone Field for Senior Day.

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