Flashes one win away from outright conference championship

Sophomore midfielder Madison Thompson runs at the Longwood goal Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Murphy-Mellis Field. The Flashes held on to a one-goal lead, scored in the first half by Hanna Faulkner, to win the game, improving their record to 8-8 and 5-0 in the MAC.

Ricky Salcer

 The Kent State field hockey team is one victory away from winning the Mid-American Conference Championship this season. The only thing standing in their way is Central Michigan.

The Flashes (8-8, 5-0 MAC) will travel to Mount Pleasant, Michigan this weekend where they will battle the Chippewas. Central Michigan (6-11, 4-1 MAC) can win a share of the conference title with a win over Kent State.

Kent State field hockey coach Kathleen Wiler said she is confident her team is prepared to get the job done.

“We’re on a three-game winning streak, and I think we are playing with confidence, which is exactly what we need to do this weekend,” Wiler said.

Kent State has outscored its opponents, 9-3, in its last three games. The attack has been working very well as of late, with senior Hannah Faulkner leading the way. During the last three games Faulkner has registered seven goals for the Flashes.

“I’m just really connecting with the other forwards and midfielders, and once we find that moment to gain that momentum to put one in the net it just all comes together,” Faulkner said.

The Flashes will look to continue their offensive dominance and come home with a conference championship. To some seniors on the team, it would be a dream to win a championship and leave the program on a high note. Senior Shannon Martin talked about what it would mean to win it outright.

“Being seniors it would mean a lot, so we really want to win it outright and be the sole winner of this conference,” Martin said.

Kent State will put it all on the line Saturday at 1 p.m. against Central Michigan.

“We have to keep doing what we have done all year that has gotten us to where we are now,” Wiler said. 

After its game against Central Michigan, Kent State will head to Northwestern University to close out the regular season Sunday. Sunday’s contest starts at 1 p.m.

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