Soccer loses 2-1 in overtime

Lance Lysowski

The Kent State soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to Cleveland State this afternoon.

The Flashes (1-1) were approaching a 1-1 draw before Vikings sophomore midfielder Natalie Daniels scored on a sliding shot from the right to the far post.

Statistically, the Vikings had the upper hand at halftime with the more shots on goal, but the Flashes controlled the game during the first half with aggressive defense and solid goaltending by Kelly Sherwood. The sophomore finished with nine saves, including a breakaway stop.

The Flashes’ defense held the Vikings scoreless and matched their opponent’s physical play. Senior midfielder Beth Diederich scored Kent State’s lone goal on a header from a corner kick by junior forward Annie Messer.

Cleveland State upped the tempo in the second half and tied the game with a penalty kick by freshman midfielder Valerie Stahl. Daniels’ goal in the 100th minute sealed the game and gave the Vikings their first victory in program history against Kent State.

The Flashes wrap up their home stand with a game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 4.