The IUP women’s soccer team snapped a five-match winless streak and notched its first win in nearly three weeks with a 2-1 homecoming victory over East Stroudsburg at South Campus Field on Saturday.
After a scoreless first half, the Crimson Hawks scored twice after halftime to get their first win since Sept. 16, when they beat West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1.
Kelsey Fisher opened the scoring less than seven minutes into the second half to break the scoreless tie, and Brittney Kuhns got the game-winner in the 78th minute, with 12:38 to play.
It was Kuhns’ team-high sixth goal of the season.
IUP got off to a 4-1 start this season, which included an upset win over defending PSAC champion Slippery Rock. Since then, the Crimson Hawks had gone 0-4-1, getting shut out three times while beginning to fall out of the PSAC playoff picture.
IUP got back on track with another upset win. East Stroudsburg entered the day in third place in the PSAC. Saturday’s win gave the Crimson Hawks (5-5-1, 4-5-1 PSAC) a much-needed three points, and they stand in 10th place in the conference standings with seven games remaining.
IUP has a week off before welcoming Edinboro next Saturday.
CROSS COUNTRY: Sophomore Rachel Magliane took 37th place in a field of 406 mostly Division I runners to lead the IUP women at the highly competitive Paul Short Invitational on Saturday, while Nick Patton posted a top-15 finish to lead the IUP men.
Magliane finished the 6K course in 21 minutes, 17 seconds and was the lone IUP runner to finish in the top 100.
Samantha Thompson (116th), Katie Koenig (208th), Stephanie Beaudette (222nd) and Lauren Lyons (279th) rounded out the Crimson Hawks’ point scorers.
IUP finished 32nd out of 48 mostly Division I schools in the college women Gold Division. The collegiate portion of the meet is split into Gold, Brown and White divisions, with Gold being the most competitive. The IUP women were one of just three Division II or III schools in the Gold Division.
A program on the rise, the IUP women entered the weekend ranked first in the Atlantic Region and 11th in Division II, according to rankings by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
IUP has occupied the top spot in the Atlantic Region rankings for three weeks, the first time since 2009 that someone other than Shippensburg has been the top-ranked team in the region.
On the men’s side, the Crimson Hawks finished 14th in the team standings in the Brown Division on the strength of top-30 finishes from two of their senior leaders.
Patton took 11th place in 25:44, and Victor Costello finished in 28th with a time of 26:02.
Greg Beaudette (121st), Alex Hampel (130th) and Andrew Morgan (160th) rounded out the Crimson Hawks’ point scorers.
VOLLEYBALL: IUP’s trying first season continued with a 3-1 loss to California in a PSAC West match on Saturday. Although the Crimson Hawks won the opening set, 26-24, they dropped the next three by scores of 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 to lose their third straight match and drop to 4-13 on the year, including 1-5 in PSAC play.
Elizabeth Sova led the way for IUP with 14 kills, and Lisa Kissell also reached double digits with 11 kills.
Lindsay Moeller had 41 assists, while Kelly Barnes (15), Ericka Lentz (13) and Aubree Frye (12) all recorded double-digit digs.
IUP welcomes Clarion on Tuesday for its home opener. The Crimson Hawks opened the season with 17 straight road matches.
FIELD HOCKEY: IUP fell behind 3-0 in the opening 12 minutes of the game and never recovered in a 4-2 loss to Shippensburg in a PSAC game at Miller Stadium.
Shippensburg, the top-ranked team in Division II, scored in the third, 10th and 12th minutes to take an early 3-0 lead.
Coming off her first career hat trick, IUP’s Casey McGowan got IUP on the board in the 25th minute with a goal on a penalty stroke.
Shippensburg scored in the first five minutes of the second half to regain a three-goal advantage, and IUP only made the score more respectable with Kendra Blantz’s goal with less than two minutes to play.
IUP (3-7) visits Seton Hill on Wednesday.
TENNIS: The Crimson Hawks wrapped up their fall season with a pair of dual-match wins on Saturday.
IUP beat Bloomsburg, 8-1, and eased past Shippensburg, 9-0, in the Crimson Hawks’ only dual match competitions of the fall season. No further details were available.