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Kutztown Athletics | October 3, 2017

Kutztown reaches No. 1 for first time in program history

  Now 10-0-0, Kutztown has reached No. 1 for the first time ever.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Kutztown University women's soccer team continues its historic 2017 season. With two more victories last week, the Golden Bears climbed all the way to the top of Division II. KU was voted first in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division II Week 5 Poll released Tuesday.

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This is the first time that Kutztown women's soccer has been ranked number one in the nation.

KU is also first in the United Soccer Coaches Atlantic Region Rankings. The official NCAA regional poll released next month will play the deciding factor in regional playoff seedings.

The Golden Bears (10-0 overall, 8-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) defeated West Chester University 2-0 last Wednesday, Sept. 27 and then three days later took down Mercyhurst University 4-2. Both games were at Keystone Field.

The ten consecutive wins to open up the season is the most ever for the program.

Against the Golden Rams, first-half goals from freshman Randi Smith and sophomore Maddie Mohr were enough, as the KU defense and goalie Jenna Bracken recorded a shutout.

The game versus the Lakers saw three different Golden Bears find the back of the net, led by sophomore Emily Zwiercan tallying two. She has the team-lead with nine goals on the season, and leads the PSAC in goals scored and points (23).

Sophomore Kate Martin and senior Hannah Oren also contributed goals for KU. Smith and Courtney Browning recorded an assist each in the win.

Bracken picked up her sixth win of the year. She is second in the league in goals against average (.667) and save percentage (.875).

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KU leads the conference in goals scored (31) and assists (23). The Golden Bears' defense has allowed just six goals, which is tied for second in the league.

Kutztown sits alone atop the PSAC standings, one-and-a-half games ahead of second-place East Stroudsburg University (7-2-1, 7-2) with a game in hand. The Golden Bears have 24 points with their eight wins, while the Warriors have 21 points.

The University of Central Missouri (10-0) was voted second in the poll. Defending NCAA DII champion Western Washington University (9-0) drops to the third spot. Grand Valley State University (8-2) and Flagler College (8-0-1) round out the Top 5.

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Gannon University comes in at No. 22 in the poll. KU took down the Golden Knights 4-0 back on Saturday, Sept. 9. ESU is also receiving votes for the Top 25.

The Maroon and Gold return to action on Sunday, Oct. 8 when they take on Clarion University at 12 p.m. at Keystone Field.

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