Soccer falls to Northwestern in first round of NCAA Tournament


Kent State redshirt junior forward/mid-fielder Donavan Capehart (left), and junior mid-fielder Kristen Brots, (right), take on a Northwestern University player during the first game of the NCAA championship in Evanston, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Kent State lost 3-0 in the first round of the Division 1 Women’s College Soccer Tournament.

Carly Evans

Kent State lost to Northwestern University 3-0 in the first round of the Division 1 Women’s College Soccer Tournament Saturday in Evanston, IL.

This was Kent State’s first appearance in the tournament in program history.

The Flashes went down 2-0 in the first half. Northwestern sophomore defender Kayla Sharples got her head on the end of a corner kick in the 17th minute.

Northwestern was able to find the back of the net once again after being awarded a penalty kick in the 19th minute following a foul on the Flashes’ sophomore goalkeeper Ashleah McDonald.

Northwestern scored again in the 82nd minute to ultimately win the game and advance in the tournament.

“We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome,” head coach Rob Marinaro said. “But you have to look at the entire season. I’m so proud of this team and what they’ve accomplished. They’ve really put Kent State women’s soccer on the map.”

Kent State soccer won its first Mid-American Conference Championship and ends their season with a 15-3-2 overall record, 8-1-2 in the MAC, the most wins in program history.

Carly Evans is a sports reporter, contact her at [email protected].