JOHNSTOWN | The sixth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team ended the regular season on a high note, taking down the University of Pitt-Johnstown 4-0 Saturday afternoon in its final Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game.
Sophomore midfielder Maddie Mohr (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) struck twice in the first half, adding her 12th and 13th goals of the season, which leads the team and is third in the PSAC.
Freshman forward Maggie Cecere (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia) gave the Golden Bears (15-2-1 overall, 13-2-1 PSAC) an even bigger cushion in the second half when she connected on a rebound off a shot by Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico). It was Cecere’s second goal on the season.
Zwiercan was credited with the assist, her eighth of the season, putting her atop the PSAC in the category.
Senior Hannah Oren (Wind Gap, Pa./Nazareth Area) also found the back of the net in the 85th minute, giving her three goals on the year. Kate Martin (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) assisted on the goal, sending a through-ball past the Mountain Cats defense onto the run of Oren.
Pitt-Johnstown (1-16-1, 1-14-1) outshot Kutztown 14-13.
Junior goalie Imani Taylor (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional)finished with seven saves and picked up the shutout, the 12th of her career.
KU’s defense now 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.
The four goals scored gives Kutztown 53 this season, second in team history behind the 1987 team that tallied 65.
The win secures a top-2 seed in the PSAC tournament, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The 1-0 win by West Chester University over Indiana (PA) clinched the top spot for the Golden Rams.
Kutztown will host its PSAC quarterfinal round matchup on Tuesday afternoon at Keystone Field at 1 p.m. The opponent is yet to be decided.
Bloomsburg University is locked in as the 8th seed. If Slippery Rock beats Shippensburg later today, it will jump Seton Hill for the 6th seed, giving the Griffins the 7th spot, and a date with KU on Tuesday.