Field hockey wins MAC championship

Zac Sommer

Sophomore Ines Delpech scored in the 96th minute of Saturday’s double overtime MAC championship game, giving the Flashes their second consecutive MAC title.

“It is such an honor to just play in a championship game,” coach Kathleen Wiler said. “We were just ready to go out there and keep attacking. That was our goal. We went out there and came out with the result we wanted against a really tough…team.”

Following a close 2-1 win over No. 4 seed Ohio University on Friday, the Flashes took the field against No. 2 Miami University Saturday. 

Kent State allowed an early RedHawk goal before sophomore Jamie Fries scored her second goal of the season, tying the game at one.

Junior Krysti Lober scored at the 20:22 mark of the first half, putting the Flashes up 2-1 before heading into the second.

Miami would score the tying goal at 46:36 in the second, sending the game into overtime where the Flashes would score the game-winning goal and claim their second consecutive MAC title.

Junior goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart made nine saves as Miami outshot the Flashes 21-17. 

Kent State will receive an automatic bid to the the NCAA tournament following Saturday’s championship win.

“Moving forward, we need to recover from this tournament,” Wiler said. “We expended a lot of energy this weekend trying to come out on top. We need to get these girls refueled, recovered and look forward to whoever we will be playing in nationals.”

Zac Sommer is a sports reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].