Team still looking for win, first goal

Chris Gates

Senior midfielder Catharine Marosszeky struggles to keep the ball in bounds against a Wright State defender. Katie Roupe | Daily Kent Stater

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The Kent State women’s soccer team left Friday’s match against Wright State University still searching for its first win — and first goal of the season.

In front of 123 people at KSU Soccer Field, the Wright State posted four goals to advance to 3-1 on the year, with a 4-0 shutout. Consequently, the Flashes dropped to 0-3 and are looking for any signs of life to build upon.

“We just didn’t have heart,” senior forward Kimberly Dimitroff said. “We just didn’t play to win.”

The Flashes allowed four goals on seven shots, while posting five shots on goal of their own.

Head coach Rob Marinaro summed up the overall performance in one word: poor.

Wright State started off the scoring in the sixth minute of play with a breakaway goal by Jen Agueci. Receiving a pass by teammate Jess Rooma, Agueci split two Kent State defenders and buried a shot past a diving save attempt from Kent State goalkeeper Kris Nelson.

Agueci would add another goal in the 56th minute of play, which was a dagger to Kent State’s hope for a comeback.

“They were taking it to us and we weren’t taking it to them at all,” Dimitroff said.

The goal came after the Flashes seemed to gain momentum with multiple offensive chances. Unable to convert, Wright State tallied goal three with a deflection off a Megan Bush pass in front of Nelson.

Jenna Cooper and Nicole Amador also added goals for Wright State.

“We’re playing in spurts right now, and it needs to be put all together,” Marinaro said. “We have to do better. It was a very disappointing evening.”

Wright State has had Kent’s number in the past, winning all three of the previous matches. Last year at Wright State, the Flashes fell 5-0.

Kent State now has until Friday to prepare for its next game at St. Bonaventure.

“It’s a learning experience,” Dimitroff said. “We can take all the bad things we did today and turn them in to positives. We just have to work as a team and come together as a team.”

Marinaro said the team can make that happen.

“We’re going to make sure we give it for 90 minutes,” he said.

Game time is set for 4 p.m. on Friday. The Flashes then return home Sunday to face Pittsburgh at 1 p.m.

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