Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Bloomsburg Athletics

Tara Huber (Orefield, Parkland)scored two goals and propelled the Bloomsburg University womens soccer team past #23 Kutztown, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship on Friday afternoon at West Chester.

The win marks the first time since the 2000 season that the Huskies will be moving on to the quarterfinal round of the bracket. Bloomsburg (13-4-3) will match up against the Golden Rams of West Chester. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 12 p.m. at South Campus Field. Earlier this season, BU knocked off West Chester 2-0 at Sports Stadium.

Tara Huber was outstanding today,” says head coach Sandy Dickson. The team played really well this afternoon and took a big step forward after learning key lessons from the PSAC game.”

During the first 14 minutes of play, the Golden Bears tried to take an early 1-0 lead but shots by Carolynne Kahl and Megan Black were denied by Bloomsburg goalkeeper Frances Nicoletti (Haddonfield, NJ, Haddonfield).

At the 23:15 mark of the first half, Huber took Bloomsburgs first shot and fired the ball into the back of the net past Casey Behrendt to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Each team had another opportunity before halftime to score, but Katie Walczuk (Long Valley, NJ, West Morris Central) had her shot blocked and Kahl sailed her shot high.

Huber did not waste any time icing the match in the second half, scoring off of the first BU shot in the period to put the Huskies up 2-0.

The goals on the day marked numbers 10 and 11 for the freshman forward.

Huber tried to add to the 2-0 lead, but KU backup goalkeeper Alyssa Hackleberg kept the game at 2-0 with her save.

Kutztown (14-5-2) had four different chances in the second half to cut into the Bloomsburg lead, but Nicoletti did not allow anything to go past her, posting her ninth shutout of the season.

The Golden Bears held the corner kick advantage at 4-2 and the shots advantage at 8-5.

Nicoletti stopped five KU shots, while Behrendt and Hackleberg stopped one BU shot.

The players took what was implemented during the week in practice and executed today,” comments Dickson.

We are looking forward to Sunday,” says Dickson. West Chester is a super team. Our girls love to play is this big-game atmosphere.”