November 2, 2009

Huskies to Face West Chester in PSAC Playoffs

BLOOMSBURG-The Bloomsburg University women's soccer team will play at West Chester University on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) quarterfinal playoff game.

The Huskies, 6-9-3 overall and 4-6-2 in the PSAC East, go into the game at the fourth seed from the PSAC Eastern Division. West Chester, 16-1-1 overall, 11-1 in the PSAC East, are the top seed from the Eastern Division. The winner will advance to this weekend's final four tournament at the highest remaining seed from the PSAC East.

"I am pleased that the team has the opportunity to play in the postseason," said coach Sandy Dickson. "This team has learned many key lessons this season, and the adversity they have been through and resilience they have shown has prepared them for this opportunity. If we play to our ability, we can get the result we want."

The Huskies handed the Golden Rams their only loss of the year back on Sept. 2 by a 1-0 score. Katie Walczuk (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) scored the game's only goal in the 64th minute and goalie Frances Nicoletti (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) made three saves behind a tough defense to give Bloomsburg the victory. West Chester won the second meeting of the year by a 2-0 score.

"West Chester is a quality side and a team our players know well, respect, and enjoy battling against," Dickson added. "I expect a great game and we will take the role as underdog into tomorrow's contest."

Leading the offensive attack for the Huskies is senior Kelly Modes (Langhorne/Neshaminy) with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Samantha Fox (Southampton/William Tennent) is second with four goals and two assists, while Walczuk has three goals and three assists.

In goal, Nicoletti has a goals against average of 1.16 with a saves percentage of .860.

For West Chester, Sarah Oswald is the leading scorer with eight goals and 12 assists for 28 points, while Lyndsie Bernardini has a 0.11 goals against average and has posted 14 shutouts.