The Kent State University women’s soccer team’s season ended Sunday afternoon when it fell to Western Michigan via penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Kent (12-7-5) took an early lead when Jenna Hellstrom netted her fifth goal of the season. Madison Helterbran and Katherine Lawrence pieced together a fine bit of passing which resulted in the ball being played through to Hellstrom to finish.
The Golden Flashes took a 1-0 lead into halftime but their lead would not last long. Western Michigan’s (9-5-5) Rachel Chaney was in the right place at the right time when Ali Russo’s shot was brilliantly saved by Kent’s Stephanie Senn, but deflected off the post and was chested in by Chaney.
After two overtime periods the match was still tie at 1-all and entered the decisive penalty-kick period. Western Michigan inserted its backup goalkeeper who made two impressive saves and the Broncos scored three, including the winner by Diana Dedvukaj to advance to the semifinal round.
The Golden Flashes field hockey team (8-10) dropped the final game of the regular season, 6-0, against the nationally ranked Louisville Cardinals (15-4) on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals are ranked 14th in the country.
Kent State will play as the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament starting Friday.