Golden Flashes Use Second Chances To Top Lock Haven 3-2
Kent State wins second straight
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Sophomore Melanie Kahn (San Diego, Calif.) scored a pair of goals to help lead the Golden Flashes to their second straight victory with a 3-2 win Friday afternoon over Lock Haven at Smith Field.
Second chances were the name of the game for Kent State (2-3) today as the team accounted for all three scores off rebounds. One of eight subs to play in the game for the deep Golden Flashes squad, Kahn staked the team to a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when she ducked to the right post on a corner attempt and knocked in a pass from sophomore Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia).
"We spent some extra time working on our position during the corners this week, so when I had the opportunity I focused on not just getting to the right place, but getting there at the right time," said Kahn who had two goals in 16 games as a freshman last season. "Rebecca then made a great pass to find me."
In the closing minutes of the first half the Golden Flashes capitalized on another corner opportunity that stretched the lead to 2-0. Its was freshman Hannah Faulkner (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) this time when she controlled a rebound from a Debbie Bell's (Hamilton, New Zealand) shot attempt and flipped it into the back of the cage.
"Our corner execution really stood out today, said Kent State Head Coach Kathleen Wiler. "We didn't score on the initial shot attempts, but we kept attacking and stayed with the play which allowed us to scored on our second opportunities."
Along with their second chance goals, the Golden Flashes passing was crisp and sharp throughout allowing them to control the time of possession.
"We had a great day passing the ball and did a nice job of implementing some of the things we worked on all week in practice into the game," said Wiler.
Lock Haven (1-4) cut the deficit in half in the 42nd minute as Kristi Shepps scored. In the 55th minute Kahn answered back as she rebounded another Bell shot and scored from right in front of the cage. Shepps then accounted for the final margin with her second score of the game out of a penalty corner in the 59th minute.
With the outcome was still undecided in the final seven minutes Kent State fought off four shot more attempts by Lock Haven, as freshman goalie Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.) made two of her career best nine saves.
The Golden Flashes continue the Pennsylvania road trip on Sunday at Temple. Game time is 1:00 p.m. For the most instant daily tweets and immediate sports updates be sure to follow the team on Twitter @KSUFieldHockey.