Kent State field hockey falls short in MAC Championship against Miami (OH)

Miami (OH) players run onto the field following their MAC championship win against Kent State at Murphy-Mellis Field Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Henry Palattella

For the first time since 2013, Kent State field hockey (9-10, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) will not be representing the Mid-American Conference in the NCAA tournament, as the Flashes fell, 2-1, to the Redhawks (11-8) in overtime Saturday.

Junior Paula Portugal scored the game-winner for the Redhawks nine minutes into the overtime period, dribbling into the circle before ripping off a shot.

In total, Kent State only managed to record three shots total, but still found themselves with a 1-0 lead at halftime after junior Jessica Apelt scored on the rebound from a Courtney Weise shot. 

The Redhawks’ offense woke up at the beginning of the second half, as junior Avery Sturm scored on a corner two minutes in. It looked as if the Redhawks had taken the lead three minutes later when a Portugal goal was disallowed after a video review.

Miami’s defense stepped up the rest of the way, only allowing Kent State to record two shots in the second half, none in overtime. 

In total, the seniors will end as one of the top classes in Kent State field hockey history, finishing with three MAC championships.

Henry Palatella is the sports editor. Contact him at [email protected].