Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy California (PA) Athletics

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (Nov. 15) – Sophomore midfielder Erin Feltz (Munhall, Pa./Steel Valley) scored the game-winning goal and collected two assists on Sunday, as the No. 23 California University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team claimed a 3-1 victory against No. 17 Kutztown in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.

With the win, the Vulcans improve to 18-5-1 this season and will now face rival IUP in a third-round game on Friday, Nov. 20, in Albany, N.Y. on the campus of Saint Rose. Time is still to be determined. The Crimson Hawks advanced to the third round after defeating Gannon by penalty kicks on Friday and shutting out No. 5 West Chester, 1-0, on Saturday. Cal U and IUP will meet for the third time this season after the Vulcans swept the regular-season series, winning 2-1 and 4-0.

Cal U took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute when junior forward Sam Regney (Monaca, Pa./Monaca) scored her ninth goal of the season off an assist from Feltz. The Vulcans added to their first-half lead when Feltz scored her first goal of the year (second of her career) off a feed from freshman Kayla Fransko (Monongahela, Pa./Ringgold) at the 31:57-mark.

After halftime, Frankso made it a 3-0 contest when she tallied her first career goal in the 64th minute with assists to Regney and Feltz. The Golden Bears cut the deficit to 3-1 at the 75:20-mark with a goal by Emily Froehlich.

Sophomore goalkeeper Paula Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Trust) earned her 17th victory of the season after making five saves in 90 minutes. Kutztown goalkeeper Alysa Hackelberg also finished with five saves in the game.

In the game, Cal U held a sizeable 15-8 advantage in shots with a 10-3 edge in the first half. The Vulcans also posted a 4-3 edge in corner kicks in the second-round game.

The game between Cal U and Kutztown was a rematch of last week’s PSAC Semifinals won by the Golden Bears, 1-0.

Kutztown finished its season with a 15-6-2 overall record.