Missouri State Field Hockey Stuns Golden Flashes in 3-1 Victory
Oct. 16, 2011
Kent, Ohio -
The Missouri State field hockey team (4-11-0, 1-4-0) found their first conference victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Kent State (5-10-0, 3-3-0) on Sunday afternoon in Kent, Ohio. The Bears exacted a 5-3 loss from earlier in the season when the Golden Flashes invaded Plaster Field on Sept. 23.
“We are very happy with everyone’s performance today,” said head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa. “Everyone on the field battled the entire 70, and their hard work finally paid off.”
The Bears came on strong taking the 1-0 lead early in the first half. Sophomore Hillary Lawless dribbled in from the 25 yard line after a Kent State turnover and sunk it into the back of the net for the seventh time this season. The Bears defense stepped up and held the 1-0 lead throughout the rest of the first half.
“Tavares, Schmidt and particularly Medlock stunned Kent at back,” said assistant coach Erika Dombkowski. “They were determined to win and you could see that the defense and the whole team were there to win. We weren’t leaving the turf without the ‘w’.”
The Bears’ offense also shined threw as they capitalized on passing combinations and played as a team. Senior Casey Bayliss would find the back of the net two times in the second half, the first goal coming off a penalty corner and an assistant from freshman Sarah Bradley. Less than eight minutes later, Bayliss would get out on a breakaway and snag her second goal of the match and eleventh goal of the season, putting Missouri State on top 3-0.
Kent State would finally get on the board in the 66th minute of play, as Debbie Bell scored off a penalty stroke. The Bears’ tenacious defense would hold down the field for the rest of the match as the final score read 3-1. Standout defender Reiann Stoute would rack up yet another defensive save in the match and goalkeeper Andrea Bain finished with five saves.
“Bain was solid in these past 2 performances,” said Dombkowski. “It’s great to see consistent, solid goalkeeping, and she was focused and in control.”
The Bears will continue a long road streak as they head to St. Charles, Mo. to face Lindenwood on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m.