Flashes come up short in Philly, still eager for conference play


Kent State sophomore Madison Thompson tries to take the ball past Michigan State’s Jenni Smith during a match Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Kent State lost 3-4 in overtime.

Ricky Salcer

Box Score — Temple

Box Score — Drexel

The Kent State field hockey team battled hard Saturday afternoon against Temple University, but could not seem to find the back of the net, losing to the Owls, 5-0.

Temple goalies Lizzy Millen and Haley Mitchell combined for eight saves in the shutout against the Flashes. Kent State (2-7) attacked offensively early in the game, but to no avail.

“We generated some really good attacks,” Kent State coach Kathleen Wiler said. “Temple’s goalkeepers were outstanding.”

Wiler said she was proud of the way the team has battled so far this year and knows it will pay off.

The Flashes also had a quick turnaround game on Sunday against Drexel University. Kent State came up just short as the Dragons scored three straight goals to close the game with a 6-3 victory.

Wiler made a few lineup switches Sunday to try to help rally the Flashes. Seniors Missy Ramsey and Julia Hofmann both switched to defense, and sophomore Madison Thompson moved to midfield.

“We were looking to see what we would get defensively making a change,” Wiler said. “I saw what I needed to see and what we need to do going forward.”

Kent State has remained passionate about learning from every game and carrying the knowledge it gains over to the next game, Wiler said, and as Mid-American Conference play approaches, these games will serve as important lessons to the Flashes.

“I obviously would have liked to come home with a better result,” she said. “But I’m really proud of the effort that my team is putting forth.”

Kent State will be on the road next weekend beginning conference play Friday against Missouri State University at 5 p.m. The team will also play St. Louis University Saturday at 1 p.m.

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