Field hockey returns the favor to Miami, bests Ball State on road trip

Jeff Russ

The Kent State field hockey team went on the road this weekend and defeated Miami and Ball State to start Mid-American Conference play.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Miami was sweet revenge for some of last year’s players who wanted to beat the team that beat them twice last season.

“Saturday’s win was awesome,” senior captain Charlotte Muller said. “It was good to get back at them and to win the conference opener on the road.”

Muller had an assist off a Rachel Miller penalty corner. Miller continued her strong freshman season with two more goals in Saturday’s game.

“We were ready to play this weekend,” Muller said. “The games are really emotional in the MAC. We were all prepared to play this weekend, and I think it showed on the field.”

Yesterday the Flashes played what the team considered its best game of the season by defeating Ball State 3-2.

“This was the best we played all season,” senior goalie Kara Copeland said. “We have had our moments this season where we have played good one half and bad another, but today we put it all together and had a good first and second half.”

Coach Kathleen Schanne said the team is playing with a lot of confidence right now. She said the team is still improving with every game.

“I am really pleased with the team’s performance this weekend,” Schanne said. “To go on the road and defeat two conference opponents is not easy.”

The Flashes, who have been away for eight of their first nine games, said they are used to playing on the road. The players said winning on the road in front of someone else’s crowd is difficult, and they felt good after the two victories.

After a slow 0-2 start, the Flashes are now 6-3. The team will go back on the road next weekend to Missouri for games against Missouri State and St. Louis.

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