Missouri State 2, Kent State 5
KENT, Ohio – Kent State (5-7) took down Missouri State (2-8) in a physical match Friday (Oct. 4) afternoon to begin their Mid-American Conference schedule with a win and start of Kent State's Homecoming weekend victoriously.
"I'm just happy to get off to a good start in the MAC Conference," said Head Coach Kathleen Wiler.
It took just one minute into the game for the Golden Flashes to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Rebecca Lee made a pass in front of the net enabling Hannah Faulkner to take the scoring shot.
Kent State tacked on another goal twelve minutes later when Melanie Kahn connected off an assist from Missy Ramsey. Julia Hofmann capped off a 3-0 lead for the first half when she powered a shot to the back of the net on a successful penalty stroke.
Missouri State got on the board shortly after the start of the second half, but the Golden Flashes answered back as Madison Thompson scored to improve the lead to 4-1.
The Bears also found success on a penalty stroke in the second, but Kent State wasn't finished either. With less than a minute to play, Lee scored the final tally off a corner with assists by Sabrina Binder and Abbie Carrico.
Kent State dominated offensively with 27 shots compared to Missouri State's nine. They also had 15 corners in the game. Eight different Golden Flashes finished the day with at least one point. Defensively, they also excelled, holding the Bears to just six corners, all coming in the second half.
"I was really happy with the sustainability we had in the first half," Wiler said.
Hofmann led all with eight shots in the game. Lee led with three points. Andrea Rinehart finished with three saves in goal in her second career start. She played all 70 minutes.
Kent State returns to action Sunday (Oct. 7) as they round out Homecoming weekend by hosting No. 10 Northwestern at noon.
"Northwestern is a formidable opponent," said Wiler, "and we just look forward to putting together a good performance and keep working on our structure."