Beacon Journal staff report
The Kent State women’s soccer team easily handled visiting Youngstown State 3-0 on Friday as the Golden Flashes improved to 5-3-0.
Freshman Jenna Hellstrom scored for the Golden Flashes 6:07 into the first half. Stephanie Haugh assisted on KSU’s first goal.
Jessacca Gironda (Archbishop Hoban) scored later in the first half to put the Flashes ahead 2-0 and Morgan Mah scored later.
The Golden Flashes outshot the Penguins (1-7-1) 18-5, leading in shots on goal 9-3.
Sophomore Stephanie Senn made three saves in goal for the Flashes to hold the Penguins scoreless. The shutout is Senn’s fourth of the season.
Kent State’s next game comes Friday when the Golden Flashes host Central Michigan in their first Mid-American Conference match of the season.
Kent State played it’s first game at the M.A.C. Center this season and defeated Binghamton in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-19) on Friday night.
The match was the opening day of the Golden Flashes Classic, which will wrap up today as the Golden Flashes play two matches. Kent State faces Eastern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago.
Senior Aleksandra Nowak set up the Golden Flashes (4-6) offense with a match-high 37 assists while Kelly Hutchison came through with 12 kills.
Hutchison has six consecutive matches with a double-digit kill total.
Freshman Bianca Cifaldi extended her double-digit kill streak to five matches with 10 kills.
Senior Hannah Herc led the Flashes defensively with 17 digs.