Women's Soccer Preview - Flashes Host Buffalo in MAC Quarterfinals Sunday
The Kent State soccer team (12-7-0) hosts its first postseason game since 2004 when the Golden Flashes entertain the University of Buffalo Sunday, Oct. 30 in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Mid-American Conference Women's Soccer Tournament at Zoeller Field. First-touch is set for 1 p.m.
After missing the 2010 MAC Tournament, Kent State is back in postseason play after claiming the No. 4 seed in the eight-team 2011 MAC Tournament. It marks the ninth appearance by the Golden Flashes in the conference's postseason tournament.
Sunday's game will feature live stats through kentstatesports.com. Admission to Zoeller Field is free.
Scouting the Golden Flashes
• Kent State dropped a 1-0 decision at Buffalo Oct. 27 on a blustery day at UB Stadium in the regular season finale for both teams. Sleet and light snow flurries fell throughout the game as kickoff temperatures hovered around 35 degrees.
• Kent State senior Kelly Sherwood (Strongsville, Ohio) was named MAC co-defensive player of the week Oct. 24, her second weekly award from the conference office this season.
• One win away from tying the team's record for victories in a season, Kent State is nearing at least seven team season records. This year's team is in the top five in team history in goals, assists, points and shutouts.
• This season, the Golden Flashes are 8-2-0 in games decided by one goal.
Kent State Tournament Notes
• Sunday will be the fourth time Kent State hosts a quarterfinal game and the first since 2004. The Golden Flashes are 1-2-0 all-time in postseason action at Zoeller Field.
• The furthest Kent State has advanced in the MAC Tournament was the championship game of the 2005 tournament; as the sixth seed, Kent State played in three straight overtime games before being eliminated in penalty kicks by Bowling Green, 3-2.
• Kent State is 3-7-2 all-time in the MAC Tournament.
• The Golden Flashes have played in five overtime games in postseason play, with two results being decided by penalty kicks.
• Buffalo (11-4-4) took control of their own destiny and got their first MAC Tournament berth since 2003 with their 1-0 win over Kent State Oct. 27. Sophomore goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon has been a big factor in the team's success this season, as she owns a 0.64 goals-against average this season, which ranks in the top 35 nationally. Offensively, Katie Roberts leads Buffalo with six goals and four assists after her game-winner against Kent State on Thursday.
All-Time Series: After Thursday's loss, Kent State owns a 7-6-1 lead all-time in the series with Buffalo. This is the first ever meeting of the two teams in postseason play; Kent State owns a 4-2-0 record against the Bulls at Zoeller Field.
Should the Golden Flashes advance past the quarterfinal stage, Kent State will play in the semifinal round Friday, Nov. 4 at a site yet to be determined. Hosting rights for the 2011 MAC Tournament semifinal rounds and final will go to the highest-ranked seed in the semifinal round.