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On the Record: Kent State women’s soccer defeats University of Akron 2-0

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A pair of second-half goals by Archbishop Hoban graduate Jessacca Gironda gave the Kent State University Golden Flashes a 2-0 victory over their rival, the Akron Zips.

With the win, Kent improves to a 4-2-0 record in the Mid-American Conference (9-5-0, overall). Akron falls to 1-4-1 in MAC play and 4-7-3 overall, with the loss.

Despite having a 12-2 advantage in shots during the first half, the host Flashes were unable to breach the Zips defense, and the game entered halftime tied at zero. Akron’s Alex Luevano-Harden made five saves in the first half.

Just 10 minutes into the second half, Gironda finished off a fine piece of play, giving Kent State a 1-0 lead. Briana Bartolone and Jaclyn Dutton were instrumental in the goal, as both collected assists.

Gironda sealed the victory with her second goal of the match, and 10th of the season, with just six minutes left to play.

Kent keeper Stephanie Senn made one save in the shutout, while Luevano-Harden made a career high seven saves for the Zips.

Men’s golf

The Kent State University men’s golf team finished third at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.

Taylor Pendrith (-4) and Kyle Kmiecik (-5) both had strong final rounds to lead the Golden Flashes. Overall, Kent finished -20, 2 strokes behind first-place Virginia (-22) and 1 behind second-place Virginia Tech (-21).


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