Senior forward Jessacca Gironda (Archbishop Hoban) scored a hat trick Sunday to lead Kent State to a 5-1 win over visiting Bowling Green.
Gironda’s first goal came 7:21 into the game on a penalty kick. She also had a hand in Kent’s other two goals, assisting passes to Jaclyn Dutton and Stephanie Haugh. Gironda leads Kent in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. The Golden Flashes improved to 6-4 overall and evened its Mid-American Conference record at 1-1.
Akron women’s soccer
Ball State improved to 2-0 in MAC play (7-2-1 overall) with a 2-0 win at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field in Akron. The loss dropped the Zips to 4-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the MAC.
Akron men’s soccer
Reinaldo Brenes scored off a rebound shot from Eric Stevenson in the fourth minute to allow the Zips to post a 1-0 win at West Virginia Sunday night. Akron (7-2-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the MAC) extended its NCAA record-setting conference unbeaten streak to 49 games dating to 2007. Brenes, a senior striker, leads Akron with four goals.
The Zips had 14 shots; seven on goal to the Mountaineers’ (3-5-1, 0-1-0) 10 and three. Keeper Fernando Pina earned the shutout with three saves for Akron.
Walsh men’s soccer
Tiffin needed just over two minutes of overtime to beat host Walsh 3-2. Tiffin (5-1, 3-1) defender Smart Osadolor headed a rebound into the net to beat the Cavaliers (3-5, 3-3) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
Jennifer Ha and Josee Doyon finished first and second individually to lead Kent State to the team title at the Nittany Lion Women’s Invitational Sunday.
Ha, a junior, shot a three-round total of 4-under 212 to claim medalist honors. Doyon, a sophomore, shot even par 216, tied with Yale’s Sandy Wongwaiwat for second place. The Golden Flashes were three strokes better than Yale for first place. Host Penn State was third, while Akron, led by Lina Bengtsson, tied Ohio for ninth. Bengtsson just missed a top 10 finish, tying for 11th with her 2-over 74 on Sunday.
Defending Jack Nicklaus Invitational champion Kent State finished the first day of competition at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in fifth place at 23-over par. Top-ranked Cal was the only team in the 12-team field to shoot below par for the day at 7-under.
Senior Taylor Pendrith led the 17th-ranked Golden Flashes with a 4-under-par 67 in Sunday’s first round. He shot a 73 in the afternoon to join a five-way tie for fourth place individually at 2-under. Kent tees off today at 8:30 a.m.