By Kyle Krajewski
Riding a three-game win streak, as well as playing their third game of the week, the eighth-ranked Golden Bears came into their game against Mansfield on Oct. 12 ready to stay hot. KU defeated Mansfield in a dominant 7-0 PSAC win in front of the home crowd on homecoming.
KU, now moving to 12-2 on the season after this victory, saw seven different goal scorers. The seven goals scored were also the largest margin of victory and most goals for the team this season. It’s been the most the team has scored since November of 2013 when the Golden Bears also put up seven goals.
Junior Emily Zwiercan got the scoring spree started with her goal in just the third minute of the game. This was her team-leading 10th goal on the season and lands her fourth in the PSAC.
KU saw four different players score their first goals of the season. Freshman Gabby Kane, sophomore Tori Angelus and sophomore Savanna Harrison each scored their first career goals as Golden Bears, with Harrison wrapping up the scoring the seventh and final goal in the second half of the game. Junior Schyler Ackerman also scored her first goal of the season, the second of the game.
Six of the seven goals of the game came in the first half, showing that KU came to play early and strong. Freshman Kayla Argen and junior Maddie Mohr also scored for the Golden Bears, both recording their second goals of the season.
Junior goalie Jenna Bracken earned her 10th win of the season and her 30th in her career, finishing the day with just one save. In the previous game, Bracken had moved into first on the all-time list for career wins and career shutouts. She now continues to add to those stats moving forward.
KU went on to defeat IUP two days later on Oct. 14 with a score of 2-0 and was able to clinch a playoff berth in the PSAC postseason tournament for the 11th consecutive season.