KSU Field Hockey Tops Missouri State, 3-2

Updated 10/17/2009
Story Courtesy of KSU Media Relations
KENT, Ohio - Junior Rachel Miller (Bathurst, Australia / MacKillop College) scored twice on penalty corner attempts, including the game winner in the 65th minute to lead Kent State past Missouri State by a score of 3-2 this afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field. Miller also added an assist on another penalty corner opportunity as the Golden Flashes improve to 6-1 in the Mid-American Conference and 9-6 on the year. The Bears fell to 1-4 MAC and 4-10 with the loss

Coming off their first conference loss of the year at Ohio yesterday, the Golden Flashes wasted little time in taking the early lead today. Eight minutes into the game a pinpoint injection by senior Allison Kittelberger (Webster, N.Y. / Schroeder) and stop by junior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif. / Mira Mesa) set up the first penalty corner score for Miller.

"With less than 24 hours since our last game, I told the team that they were going to have to gut it out today," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Schanne. "We did a good job of going out and playing our game and making the most of our possessions."

Another penalty corner opportunity led to Kent State's second goal which came in the 17th minute. Following the stop by Leach, sophomore Debbie Bell's (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) fired in her 40th career goal on a give-and-go play with Miller who added her seventh assist of the year.

The Bears would not go away easy as Melissa Lantz scored off a MSU penalty corner to cut the deficit in half in the waning minutes of the first half. Lantz, who is second in the MAC behind Bell with 13 goals scored, then evened the count at 2-2 in the 44th minute. The equalizing score came off yet another penalty corner when she lofted a shot over the defense into the top of the cage.

Both teams posted 10 shot attempts in the second half as they continued to fight for possession and control. The Golden Flashes finally regained the lead when Miller dialed up her eighth goal of the season on one of 10 penalty corners on the day for KSU. The Kent State defense would take care of the rest as they held the Bears without a shot in the final 15 minutes.

Kent State held an 18-13 edge in shots taken and a 10-8 advantage on the pivotal penalty corners. KSU goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood) made six saves in goal as did Steph Anderson for MSU.

The Golden Flashes take a break from conference play and travel to Michigan on Wednesday. KSU then returns home on Saturday against Central Michigan for a 1:00 pm start time.