Golden Flashes Go Overtime To Earn 3-2 Victory Over Massachusetts
Debbie Bell's penalty stroke in the 73rd minute gives Kent State first win of the season
IOWA CITY, Iowa — It took 73 minutes on a rained soaked afternoon in Iowa, but the Kent State field hockey team is heading back to Ohio with its first win of the season. Senior Debbie Bell's (Hamilton, New Zealand) finished off a dominant overtime session for the Golden Flashes with a penalty stroke that gave the team a 3-2 win over Massachusetts today at Grant Field.
Kent State (1-3) controlled the offensive pace throughout the game attempting 23 shots to 12 for UMass (1-2). The difference was even greater in the overtime session. In the extra period the Golden Flashes had five shots and held the Minutewomen without a singe attempt.
"We attacked better today than we have in the first few games this season," said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Wiler, whose team also held an 11-9 edge in penalty corner opportunities. "We have a lot of capable scorers on this team so before the game we made it a point to focus on being aggressive and attacking when we were in possession."
Overtime was a culmination of that focus as the Golden Flashes allowed the Minutewomen to gain possession on their side of the 50 for only a brief moment in the extra 2:47. Bell finally broke the tie when she slammed home her team leading fourth goal of the year and 22nd career game-winner.
Had it not been for a pair of defensive stops by the Kent State penalty corner unit, Bell might not have had her chance. With less than three minutes remaining, freshman goalie Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) made one of her four saves for Kent State by stopping a Kim Young shot attempt. In the final minute UMass drew another corner, but the Golden Flashes' defense swarmed Laura Allymohamed and her shot attempted sailed wide.
"We defended those final two corners in regulation extremely well," said Wiler. "Our defensive unit as a whole really stepped up in a crucial moment and it allowed us to keep playing which in turn gave us the opportunity to win in overtime."
Sophomore Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia), last year's 2010 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the year, led the offensive charge for Kent State with 10 shot attempts. She scored her second goal in as many games in the 23rd minute of play to knot the score at 1-1.
In what has been a calling card for the Golden Flashes this season, the team came out of the locker room and scored in the first five minutes. Freshman Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany) was the opportunist this afternoon as the rookie scored on a broken corner attempt. The goals was not only the first career score for Hofmann, it also gave Kent State its first lead of the season at 2-1.
Nicole Cordero tied the game for UMass in the 48th minute and the score would remain there until overtime.
The Golden Flashes continue a five game swing away from home with road games at Lock Haven on Friday, Sept. 9 and at Temple on Sunday, Sept. 11. For the most instant daily tweets and immediate sports updates be sure to follow the team on Twitter @KSUFieldHockey..