Kent State Defeated 2-1 In Overtime By Ohio In MAC Title Game
Golden Flashes 2011 season comes to a close
ATHENS, Ohio — The cardiac 2011 season for the Kent State field hockey team came to an unfortunate close on Saturday afternoon in a dramatic 2-1 overtime loss to Ohio in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game.
Having already played in seven overtime games this season it came to little surprise that the tough minded Golden Flashes took another game down to the wire. The defensive battle that featured only a combined 14 shots and 14 corners was finally decided in the 74th minute when Ohio's Brooke Edwards scored on a breakaway after subbing into the game only seconds earlier.
Kent State (8-13) took an initial 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when senior Carla Johl (Hamilton, New Zealand) scored for the fourth consecutive game. A First Team All-MAC selection as a defender, Johl upped her season total to six goals. The score came out of a corner opportunity and was finished when Johl deflected a drag pass in from freshman Julia Hofmann (Bad Muenster, Germany).
The lead would hold up for six minutes before Taylor Brown tied the game for Ohio (18-4) in the 30th minute. Brown scored from near the top of the circle with a backhanded shot that deflected in off a Kent State defender.
The rest of the game was highlighted by strong defensive stops from both teams. Despite facing six second half penalty corner attempts, the Golden Flashes turned away the Bobcats time and time again with a well position defense and a couple of great saves from freshman goalie Jahna Jordan (Fallbrook, Calif.). Jordan made four total saves in the game - all in coming in the second half.
Shots were 8-6 in favor of Ohio, while penalty corner were an even 7-7 for each team.
Johl, Hofmann and senior Debbie Bell (Hamilton, New Zealand) were all named to the MAC All-Tournament team.
"This team has such a bright future, " said Head Coach Kathleen Wiler. "The older girls have left a strong foundation and really set a standard."
"The younger players on our team meanwhile gained invaluable experience and improved every week throughout the season which showed with the way we played at the last two weeks. Obviously we are heartbroken about the outcome today because the girls played so well, but the strong winning tradition of Kent State field hockey will continue in the future."