Oct. 4, 2013
KENT, Ohio – The Missouri State field hockey team got goals from seniors Hillary Lawless and Meagen Good, but fell short against Kent State, 5-2, in the Mid-American Conference-opening match for both teams.
With the Bears facing a 3-0 deficit early in the second half, Lawless (St. Louis, Mo.) tried to ignite a MSU comeback when she scored her fourth goal of the year, bringing the visitors to within two goals. Sophomore Holly Scherer (Belmont, Ontario) assisted on the play in the 37th minute.
Kent State’s Madison Thompson answered with a goal three minutes later to make the score 4-1, but Good (Huntington Beach, Calif.) drew the Bears (2-8, 0-1 MAC) to within two goals again on a penalty stroke score with 14:09 showing on the game clock. The tally was Good’s first of the season.
However, KSU (6-7, 1-0 MAC) iced the contest with a goal by Rebecca Lee with just 1:21 remaining in the contest, giving the Golden Flashes their final 5-2 margin of victory.
Kent State wasted no time getting on the board in the first half, as Hannah Faulkner scored just 1:04 into the match. Lee assisted on the goal.
Melanie Kahn extended the Golden Flashes’ lead to two goals in the 13th minute off an assist from Missy Ramsey, and Julia Hofmann created further separation for the home team with a penalty shot goal just 50 seconds before halftime. That tally gave the Golden Flashes their 3-0 lead at the break.
Bears goalkeeper Andrea Bain (Sr., Victoria, British Columbia) made 12 stops in 17 attempts. Lawless and sophomore Charlie Redhead (Norfolk, England) led MSU with three shots and two shots on goal apiece.
Kent State out-shot the Bears by a 3-to-1 margin, picking up 27 shots compared to Missouri State’s nine.
Missouri State will return to action on Monday (Oct. 7) with a non-conference match-up in Iowa City against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Murphy-Mellis Field.