Field Hockey Returns Home To Face Ohio State - Cal
Golden Flashes welcome Ohio State on Sunday and No. 11 Cal on Monday
Coming off a five-game road swing, the Kent State field hockey team returns home for a two-game home stand starting this Sunday vs Ohio State. The Golden Flashes also welcome No. 11 California which pays a visit to Murphy-Mellis Field on Monday. Admission is free for all games, but if you can't make it to Kent this weekend you'll still be able to follow the action as live statistics will be available for both games.
Scouting Kent State (2-4):
• The team split a pair of matches in its journey to Pennsylvania last weekend.
• Led by a two-goal performance from sophomore Melanie Kahn, the Golden Flashes began the trip with a 3-2 win at Lock Haven on Friday.
• A hard fought 4-3 overtime loss at Temple followed on Sunday despite a pair of goals from senior Debbie Bell.
• The Temple game was not decided until the 84th minute, marking the second overtime game this season for the Golden Flashes and the longest game by the program since a 4-3 double-overtime win at Albany on Sept. 21, 2008.
• Bell, who is already the nation's active leading career goals scorer, moved into sole possession of second place on the Mid-American Conference's all-time list. She now has 82 goals in her career surpassing Ball State's Jen Brown (1994-97) total of 80 and trailing only Sally Northcroft (Ball State 1996-99) who holds the league's all-time record with 126.
• The Golden Flashes offense has come alive the past two weekends scoring at least three goals in each of the last four games.
• Sophomore Rebecca Lee has helped spark the attack scoring three goals in the last four games. Along with Kahn and her two goals last Friday, freshmen Julia Hofmann and Hannah Faulkner have also joined the fun each scoring their first career goals.
Scouting Ohio State (2-5):
• Ohio State was ranked as high as sixth the preseason Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason Coaches Poll, but lost three games to start the season.
• The Buckeyes currently had lost two straight heading into Friday's game at home against Wake Forest.
• Two-time third team NFHCA All-American, Berta Queralt has scored three of the team's seven goals this season.
• Kent State trails the all-time series that first began in 1978 by a count of 18-6. This is the fifth consecutive year and the 16th time in the past 17 years (2006) the two schools have met on the field hockey field. Kent State has claimed five wins in the last 13 meetings.
Scouting No. 11 Cal (5-0)
• Cal has started the season 5-0 and is one of six undefeated teams in the top-20 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
• After wins over No. 18 Northeastern (4-2) and 3-1 over No. 19 Indiana (3-1) last weekend, the Bears are off to their best start since the 1982 season.
• Cal faces Northwestern in Chicago on Friday and No. 18 Virginia in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday before closing out the week at Kent State on Monday.
• Andrea Earle and Megan Shimojima each have six goals to lead the attack while goalie Maddie Hand has posted a 1.52 goals against average heading into the weekend.
• This is the third ever meeting between the two schools with each team owning a victory. Kent State claimed its win at home in the 2001 campaign, while Cal defended its home turf in 2009.
The Golden Flashes are back on the road next week when the team begins Mid-American Conference play at Missouri State on Friday, Sept 23. Kent State will then head to Michigan to face Michigan State on Sunday, Sept. 25.
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