Conference Play Begins Friday At Missouri State For Field Hockey
Golden Flashes also challenge Michigan State in a non-league game on Sunday
The start of conference play is here for the Kent State field hockey team. Having claimed at least a share of the last three Mid-American Conference regular season crowns, the Golden Flashes officially begin their title defense at Missouri State on Friday at 11:00 a.m. (Central). Kent State also travels to Michigan State for a non-league game on Sunday this weekend.
Scouting Kent State (2-6):
• The Golden Flashes are looking to rebound after losses at home to Ohio State (4-1) and No. 11 Cal (5-2) last weekend
• Freshman goalie Jahna Jordan made 15 saves in the two games and heads into MAC play this weekend leading the league with 46 saves.
• Senior back Amy Wimsatt has racked up five points in the last three games. Wimsatt has recorded three assists during the stretch while recording her first goal of the season on Monday against Cal.
• Freshman Paige Bordner also scored in Monday's rain soaked contest vs Cal. Bordner is the seventh different Kent State player and the third freshman to score this season.
• The Golden Flashes are 25-5 in MAC play over the past three seasons
Scouting Missouri State (3-4):
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• Missouri State is coming off a 10-2 loss at No. 12 Iowa on Sunday. The Bears picked up a 3-1 win over Saint Louis earlier in the week.
• Casey Bayliss, a two-time MAC Offensive Player of the Week this year, leads the team in scoring having claimed seven of the Bears' 19 goals on the season.
• Kent State has won nine straight in the series and leads the head-to-head match-up by a 20-3-1 margin.
Scouting Michigan State (4-5):
• Live stats are available through the Michigan State web site
• Michigan State picked up wins over Providence (3-2) and MAC foe Central Michigan (2-1) last week
• The Spartans have had a balanced scoring attack this season with nine different players scoring goals led by Abby Barker and Allie Ahern with three each
• Sunday's game marks the first home contest of the season for Michigan State which will have started the season having played its first 10 away from East Lansing, Mich. following Friday's Big Ten contest at No. 13 Iowa.
• Former Kent State All-American Helen (Jerden) Knull is now in her first season as the Spartans Head Coach. Knull took over the program in December of 2010 after she served as an assistant and Associate Head Coach for the previous five years
• This marks the 28th meeting between the two schools in a series that first started in 1978. Kent State has seven wins all-time against Michigan State including a 2-0 victory at Murphy-Mellis Field last year when the Spartans were ranked No. 5 in the country. The Golden Flashes' Rebecca Lee and Debbie Bell each scored in the game.
The Golden Flashes return home to Murphy-Mellis Field the weekend of Oct. 1-2 to Miami and Ball State. Both games start at 1:00 pm. Admission is free for all games.
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