KUTZTOWN – The 11th-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team continues its climb to the top of the national rankings. For the second consecutive week, KU has risen in Division II’s top-25, appearing at No. 11 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division II Week 4 Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Golden Bears (7-1 overall, 5-1 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) were unranked after week one, but were voted No. 16 week two and rose two spots to No. 14 last week. The persistent climb up the ladder has been a fixture to the program, which appeared in the top-10 multiple weeks last season, including the program’s first No. 1 ranking.
Kutztown is also the top-ranked team in the Atlantic Region.
KU won its only game last week, a 2-0 victory over Edinboro last Saturday, Sept. 22 at Keystone Field. It is the sixth straight win for KU. Sophomore Rachel Rizzo netted her first career goal, heading a cross by Emily Zwiercan into the Fighting Scots net. Zwiercan also tallied one of her own in the first half from a well-placed over-the-top pass by Erica Monte Carlo. Zwiercan is fifth in the PSAC with five goals.
Junior goalie Jenna Bracken, who recorded her fifth shutout of the season, made eight saves. She leads the conference with a .951 save percentage.
The Golden Bears defense has allowed just two goals through their first eight games, the least amount to start a season since the 2003 season when KU allowed just two goals through the first nine.
The University of California-San Diego is the newly-ranked top team in Division II, after the University of Central Missouri lost last week. Grand Valley State University appears at No. 2, followed by Columbus State University, University of West Florida and Colorado School of Mines rounding out the top-five.
In the region, KU is ahead of West Chester University for the No. 1 spot.
Kutztown travels to take on the No. 12 Golden Rams (5-1-1, 4-1-1) tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Live stats and video can be found at www.kubears.com.