Bell’s Pair Of Goals Not Enough As Iowa Tops Kent State 7-3
Golden Flashes strong second half effort leads to three goals
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Despite a pair of goals from senior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand), the Kent State field hockey team was unable to pick up its first win at Iowa on Friday falling to the host Hawkeyes by a final of 7-3 at Grant Field.
The Golden Flashes fell behind early allowing a pair of Iowa (2-1) goals in the first five minutes of play. The margin stood at 3-0 at halftime when Kent State's (0-3) Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia) scored from the top of the circle in the 38th minute.
"Rebecca gave us some momentum coming out of the locker room when she scored on a nicely placed chipped shot early in the second half," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Wiler.
Iowa's Kim Scraper had no intentions of letting that momentum continue however as she answered with two consecutive goals for the Hawkeyes in the next five minutes. Scraper ended the game with a hat trick and also added two assists for a total of eight points.
Down 6-1 with just over 15 minutes left, Bell tried to rally the Golden Flashes once again. The All-American scored two straight unassisted goals as Kent State trimmed the lead to just three with eight minutes remaining. Unfortunately the rally would stop there and Iowa added one more goal in the closing seconds to account for the final margin.
"Debbie made a quick one-on-one move and finished strong for her first goal," said Wiler. "On the second she was in good position on the left side of the cage and pushed one past the goalie."
"We had three goals go in today so we are playing better and making progress every game, but there is still work to be done. We have another game tomorrow so we'll be ready to get back to work."
The nation's active leading scorer, Bell now has 79 goals in her career
Kent State will be back in action in Iowa on Saturday when the team faces Massachusetts at Grant Field. Game time is 4:00 p.m. EST.