Pottstown Area Trio Plays for KU Women’s Soccer
The Kutztown University women’s soccer team (at top) during play at its Keystone Field
KUTZTOWN PA – Three local athletes are part of Kutztown University‘s women’s soccer roster for the 2022 season, its athletic department announced Tuesday (Aug. 23, 2022). Training and playing with the team will be Rebecca Delp, Emme Wolfel, and Kylee Macleod, all of Pottstown.
The team is coming off a successful 2021 season, recording a program record in conference victories and winning the division, the university said. “KU will look to accomplish more, and win a championship this fall, as the 2022 season kicks off later this week,” it added.
Its Golden Bears registered a 17-1-2 record, and captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East title, with a program-record 15 league victories (15-1-0, 45 points) last year. Head coach Erik Burstein’s team went on to earn the top seed in the Atlantic Region, and hosted NCAA Tournament first and second round games, but did not win a game in PSACs or NCAAs.
Burstein is looking ahead to this season and looking to improve in all facets of the game.
“For me, I am not thinking about championships, I am thinking about progress, always,” he said. “We had a great year last year, a memorable year, but that was last year. We have new players; we have different strengths, and we are working on a few different concepts.”
“If we begin talking about potentially winning the PSAC Tournament, we lose focus on the things we need to be talking about and details get overlooked. We won’t do that. This team has incredible potential, and I am extremely excited and confident about what the season has in store for us.”
The Golden Bears are ranked 13th in the nation, following the release of the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Preseason Poll at the beginning of August. They were also picked to finish first in the PSAC East preseason poll.
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