Flashes hope to continue winning ways

Ricky Salcer

The Kent State field hockey team returns home this weekend looking to build on its two-game winning streak.

The Flashes (2-2) picked up their first two victories of the season this past weekend, beating Siena College, 6-0, and The University of Vermont, 4-3.

“We set out on our trip to Vermont really wanting to come home with two wins, and we did just that,” Kent State field hockey coach Kathleen Wiler said.

Kent State has another tough task at hand this weekend as it prepares to host the University of Richmond Spiders on Friday and the Spartans from Michigan State University on Saturday. The Flashes and reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore Madison Thompson, said they are ready for the challenge.

“It doesn’t matter if we are playing the no. 1 team in the country, we have the same approach to every game,” Thompson said.

Wiler said the team’s approach against both notable adversaries will be to slow down its opponents attack with solid defense.

“We’ve taken the week and watched a lot of film on our opponents and team defense will be key for us,” Wiler said.

Sophomore goalie Andrea Rinehart, who posted her first collegiate shutout against Siena College, will lead the defense. With a strong defensive front led by senior Sami Surdy and juniors Susanne Felder and Alayna Harris, Kent State anticipates earning another set of victories this weekend.

Wiler said she is excited to see the hard work and determination her team exudes every day pay off.

“If we keep growing every week, we will be a force to be reckoned with,” Wiler said. The Flashes will host both games at noon on Friday and Saturday at Murphy-Mellis Field.

Game Notes

On Tuesday, Madison Thompson was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week.

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