Flashes prepare for Thursday afternoon matchup against Drexel


Sabrina Binder tries to get the puck back from Villanova opponent on Sept. 15; 2013. Kent State won the game 4-1. Photo by Abby Schafer.

Chris Ginley

The Kent State Field Hockey team will try to continue their early-season success as they host the visiting Drexel Dragons Thursday afternoon.

The Flashes (4-2) come into this matchup after two big victories last weekend which saw them score a combined 17 goals in two matches Friday and Sunday. Drexel will come to Kent Sate with a 3-2 record.

In two of Drexel’s three victories, the team earned shutouts against Indiana and Bucknell. The Dragons dropped an 8-3 decision to the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins on Sept. 8.

Offensively, the Flashes have the edge over the Dragons. Fourteen Kent State players have registered points so far this season, compared to the Dragons’ nine players. Kent State has scored 13 goals in the first half of games this season, while Drexel has tallied just three first-half goals.

The Flashes will look to get off to a good start and maintaining home field advantage, where they are undefeated in two games so far this season. They won their last game 4-1 against Villanova last Sunday and have won four of their last five home games dating back to last season.

Kent State goaltender Jahna Jordan and Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter have almost identical numbers in the goals against average statistics. Jordan, at 2.5 GAA, holds a slight advantage over Gunter, who is at 2.6.

Junior Julia Hofmann was awarded the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for her performance for the Flashes last weekend. Hofmann had two goals and four assists in victories over St. Louis and Villanova.

Thursday’s game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Murphy-Mellis Field. The Flashes will remain at home to host No. 10 Iowa at noon Sunday.

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