KSU drops two games in Michigan

Chris Gates

Unable to continue on their winning path, the Kent State women’s soccer team was defeated twice this weekend, dropping to 4-4-0 in Mid-American Conference play.

On Friday, the Flashes fell to the Chippewas of Central Michigan 2-1 in double overtime.

The first half went scoreless, with neither team gaining much momentum on either side of the ball.

In the second, sophomore Catharine Marosszeky was able to find the back of the net from 25 yards out at the 51:20 mark of play. The goal was her third of the year, freshman Josee Charron got credit for the assist.

Momentum slowly started to drift the way of Central Michigan after Kent State’s goal, and the Chippewas capitalized with a goal in the 77th minute. Sarah Burns ripped off a shot from the right side, which Kent State goalkeeper Kris Nelson got enough of to keep from going in. The ball trickled loose behind Nelson, and Central Michigan forward Amanda Waugh was able to get to it and net the tying goal.

Play remained tied throughout regulation and in to the second overtime when Stephanie Martin won it for Central Michigan. Martin received a pass on the run and was able to dribble left around Nelson, enabling an open shot to win the game.

Yesterday, Kent State lost another tight match 1-0 at Eastern Michigan on Senior Day.

Like Friday, the first half went scoreless. Shots were three to one in Kent State’s favor, but both teams struggled to break through the other’s defense.

Strong defense continued in to the second half until the 81st minute when Eastern Michigan notched the game winner. Freshman Stephanie Janssen’s recorded the goal, her second of the season.

The loss dropped Kent State to .500 in the MAC for the first time since Sept. 30. The Flashes are right in the middle of the conference standings with three games remaining before the MAC tournament.

Home play resumes Friday Oct. 26 when Kent State plays host to Miami. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Kent State Soccer Field.

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