The Kent State University women’s field hockey team took on No. 10 nationally ranked Northwestern University on Sunday afternoon, but fell 3-1.
Northwestern (11-3) quickly took a 2-0 lead with goals at the 9- and 28-minute marks. The Golden Flashes (5-8) had several chances to pull a goal back before halftime but were unable to breach the Wildcat defense.
Trailing 3-0 late in the second half, Kent State finally got a goal for its efforts. Freshman Madison Thompson scored from a shot that had deflected off the post to make the score 3-1.
Kent State returns to conference play on Saturday, when it hosts Central Michigan in the Shoot Out Parkinson’s game, at noon.
• The University of Akron team traveled to Toledo on Sunday, but were unable to return with a victory, as it fell to the Rockets 1-0.
Akron (4-6-2, 1-3-0 Mid-American Conference) came the closest to scoring in the opening half, when Kelly DeNiro, Madison Kaser and Lani Smith all forced Toledo’s (4-8-0, 1-3-0) keeper into making saves.
Toledo score the deciding goal at the 70-minute mark when Rachel MacLeod was finally able to break the deadlock.
Despite registering five shots on goal, the Zips were unable to get the equalizing goal.
• The Kent State Golden Flashes lost to Miami of Ohio 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The host Red Hawks (5-6-1, 2-1-1) scored just six minutes into the game and were able to hold on despite late Kent State (7-5-0, 2-2-0) pressure to preserve the win.
Senior Jessacca Gironda and sophomore Stephanie Haugh nearly tied the game on either side of the half, but Miami’s goalkeeper produced fine saves.
Senior Morgan Mah thought she had tied the score with just four minutes left, but her header sailed just over the crossbar.
Kent State will host Akron as part of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Kent State’s Taylor Kim shot an impressive 1-under-par 69 on the second day of the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla.
Kim has shot 1 over for the tournament and is in fourth place overall.
Kent State is tied for sixth place heading into the final day of play.