Field hockey continues streak

Senior midfielder, Jessica Nesbitt, chases down the ball against Ohio University Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. The Flashes won 2-1.

Zac Sommer

The Kent State field hockey team (7-8, 4-1) extended its winning streak to four games following this weekend’s wins over Ohio University and University of California.

“I’m really pleased with where we are in the conference standings right now,” coach Kathleen Wiler said. “Every conference game is a must-win.”

The Flashes scored two goals in the first seven minutes of Friday’s 2-1 win over Ohio University.

Junior Madison Thompson moved the ball down the right side of the field, beating a defend- er and connecting with senior Caroline Corthouts, who would score the first goal of the game. Then only five minutes later, redshirt sophomore Alison Harmatz put one past the Bobcat goalkeeper, giv- ing Kent State a 2-0 lead in the first half. 

The Flashes’ defense held the Bobcats scoreless for 68 minutes Friday, only allowing one goal in the last two minutes.

“We were disciplined on the field,” senior Alayna Harris said. “We want to keep our game plan in place and maintain our structure.” 

Following Friday’s win over the Flashes traveled to Columbus, Ohio, Saturday morning to take on the Golden Bears. 

Kent State took a 1-0 lead at 21:33 in the first half after freshman Jessica Apelt scored her first career goal off of a rebound. 

After allowing two goals in the second half, the Flashes answered by scoring four straight goals to regain the lead and win 5-2 over California.

“We are in a really good spot right now conference-wise,” Wiler said. “All of our goals are still alive and we are just looking to finish strong.”

The Flashes return to Murphy-Mellis Field Tuesday at 2 p.m. where they will host Ohio State for their last home game of the season. 

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