Second Half Goal Lifts Kutztown to 1-0 Win Over Lady Rams

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Mikayla Azar tries to get things going for the Rams. Courtesy of Ryan Stickel

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., – Kutztown University (2-2-0, 1-2-0 PSAC East) proved to be too much for Shepherd University (0-3-1, 0-3-0 PSAC East), winning 1-0 in PSAC in women’s soccer on Wednesday.

Kutztown got off to a hot start with some early shots by Kayla Argen and Alexis Saladino. The Golden Bears earned seven corner kicks in the first half with six coming in the first 15 minutes.

The game’s lone goal came in the 73rd minute on a shot by senior forward Emily Zwiercan. Zwiercan was able to take advantage of a one-on-one matchup and chip the ball past the goalkeeper. It was her second goal of the season.

“I feel like we did a really good job just coming in and playing our hardest,” Shepherd junior Olivia Dominiski said. “It’s really hard moving into a new conference. We played in the MEC [Mountain East Conference] and got used to those teams. I feel like it’s a hard adjustment not knowing what to expect.”

Maddy McClellan and Kutztown’s Kaylee Kupiec battle for position.
Courtesy of Ryan Stickel

Shepherd was back on defense for a good portion of the game. They were outshot 19-4 by Kutztown. Sara Hohn took two of the team’s shots while Sydney Cauffman and Maria Radcliffe had the other shots. None of Shepherd’s shots were on goal.

Kutztown goalie Jenna Bracken was able to keep a clean sheet while not collecting any saves. Bracken has not allowed a goal in either of her team’s wins this season.

Rebecca Knight gets ready to throw the ball in.
Courtesy of Ryan Stickel

Kutztown’s next game will be at home against Millersville University on September 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Shepherd will continue looking for their first win Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as they travel to Bloomsburg University.