Sunday's MAC Field Hockey Results
Kent State 3, Iowa 1
Michigan 4, Central Michigan 0Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Kent State 3, Iowa 1
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State field hockey team evened its season record at 3-3 after an impressive 3-1 win over Iowa today at Murphy-Mellis Field.
After scoring just one goal in the previous two games combined, the Golden Flashes wasted little time in getting on the board. Junior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) rang up the Golden Flashes first penalty corner goal of the season just three minutes into the game when she found the back cage off assists from senior Nicole Leach (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) and junior Amy Wimsatt (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy).
"We you can put a goal on the board early it always good for momentum," said Head Coach Kathleen (Schanne) Wiler. "We had not been executing on our penalty corner opportunities so to get a score off one just three minutes into the game was a huge lift."
The momentum would continue for KSU as the team controlled the tempo throughout the first half. In the 22nd minute Leach extend the lead to 2-0 when the senior forward deflected in a beautiful cross from freshman Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School) for her first goal of the season.
"We did a great job of keeping possession and eliminating turnovers today which really helped with our flow offensively," said Wiler.
Coming out of halftime Iowa (1-5) became the aggressor earning a penalty corner and three shot attempts in the first two minutes of action. The Golden Flashes defense would stand pat however as senior goalie Caroline Suitch (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) made three of her five saves during the stretch to help KSU maintain its two goal advantage.
In the 46th minute redshirt junior captain Stephanie Arbeleaz (San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa) set up another scoring opportunity for Kent State with a pass from 30 yards out to the center of the arc. Bell controlled the well placed pass off one hop and fired home her second score of the game and fourth of the year.
The Hawkeyes continued to battle earning seven penalty corners in the second half before finally breaking through in the 51st minute when Jessica Barnett scored off one to make the game interesting. That would be as close as Iowa would get however as the Kent State defense put to rest any other scoring chances.
For the game the Golden Flashes had 13 shots and the Hawkeyes 10.
Kent State returns to action at home next weekend with matches against No. 6 Michigan State on Friday and No. 15 Boston University on Sunday.Michigan 4, Central Michigan 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Central Michigan (1-3) fell to intra-state rival Michigan (2-4) by a score of 4-0 in nonconference field hockey action at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor on Sunday.
Michigan took an early lead when they scored the first goal seven minutes into the game. The goal was scored by senior Vanessa Sekhon with an assist from fellow senior Meredith Way.
That was the only scoring of the first half.
UM opened up its lead in the second half when it scored two goals in a two minute span. The Wolverines scored 10 minutes into the second half when junior Bryn Bain scored an unassisted goal. Their next goal came 1:48 later when freshman Rachael Mack scored, with an assist from senior Alicia Mayer.
The last goal of the game came with just over 10 minutes remaining when Sekhon tallied an unassisted goal for her second score of the contest.
Junior Anastasia Netto started again in goal for CMU and played all 70 minutes, ending the game with six saves.
The Chippewas were outshot 17-7. The penalty corners were 12-3 in favor of Michigan.
CMU sophomore Erin Dye led the team in shots with five and shots on goal with two.
The Chippewas' next game is Saturday when they play UC Davis in St. Louis, Mo. at 2 p.m. They will stay in St. Louis to play Saint Louis University on Sunday at 3 p.m.