Kent State Drops Season Opener To Northwestern 4-0
Golden Flashes display high level of intensity and depth
KENT, Ohio — Coming up on the wrong end of the scoreboard is not the way any team wants to start the season, but don't give up on the 2011 Golden Flashes field hockey team just yet. Despite suffering a 4-0 loss to Northwestern (1-0) in the opener for both teams, Kent State (0-1) put forth a solid effort and showed plenty of promise for the rest of the season.
One thing that stood out this afternoon at Murphy-Mellis field was the depth of the Kent State squad. While the 2010 championship team rarely went deeper than one or two players off the bench, this year's edition which consists of nine freshmen, had 18 different players see significant minutes.
With a rotation going that deep into the bench it comes to know surprise that the team kept up a high level of intensity throughout the game. The Golden Flashes fell behind 3-0 in the first 13 minutes of the game, but that in no way diminished the amount of energy put forth by the Blue and Gold the rest of the way. In the initial outburst reigning Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year, Chelsea Armstrong scored two of her three goals off deflections.
After Kent State refocused the team played tough the rest of the way and had someone just gotten to the field at halftime they could have easily mistaken the Golden Flashes as the team up 3-0 had the scoreboard not shown otherwise.
For the game, corner opportunities were 11-8 in favor of Kent State which included a 5-2 edge in the first half. The Golden Flashes attempted just as many shots (15) as the Wildcats, but were unable to strike it rich and find the back of the cage.
Led by senior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand) with five, seven different players managed shot attempts for the home squad. In her first collegiate game freshman goalie Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) recorded six saves.
Kent State returns to action on Sunday. The Golden Flashes twill travels south to Columbus for a neutral site encounter with New Hampshire at 2:00 p.m. The game will take place at Buckeye Varsity Field as Ohio State serves as host for the contest.