Comeback Falls Short for Kutztown vs. Holy Family

KUTZTOWN, Pa. Kutztown overcame a two-goal deficit midway through the second half, but Holy Family rattled off the four unanswered goals as Kutztown fell, 8-5, Thursday afternoon in a non-conference game at Keystone Field.

The Golden Bears (2-3) found themselves in an early deficit when the Tigers (5-4) scored 5:13 into the game. Kutztown showed its poise and used the motivation from its win earlier this week to score the next two goals and take a 2-1 lead.

Jillian Spencer (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) tied the game on a free position shot, and Rosa Buffolino (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) gave KU the lead 2:19 later with a goal off an assist from Gina Carmina (Flanders, NJ/Mt. Olive).

Holy Family scored with a man-advantage with 2:00 to play in the first half as the teams were tied 2-2 at halftime.

Brianna Lancetta scored two straight goals for the Tigers in the opening 3:43 of the second half to give them a 4-2 lead. Buffolino and Katie Feairheller (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) responded with a pair of free position goals to tie the game 4-4 with 17:18 to play.

The Tigers retook the lead with two goals within the first 1:23 after KU tied the game as part of four unanswered goals. Feairheller scored with 52 seconds left to close the scoring on Thursday.

Carmina was active throughout Thursday's game as she tallied a season-high five ground balls and a career-high three caused turnovers. Marisa Kalodner (Havertown, PA/Haverford) chipped in three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Goalkeeper JoAnn McLaughlin (Cape May, NJ/Lower Cape) made nine saves for Kutztown in the setback.

Lancetta and Nicole Braungart accounted for seven of Holy Family's eight goals, as Lancetta finished with a game-high four goals.

The Golden Bears return to action on Saturday, March 30 when they host Shippensburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-up beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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