After a low-scoring defensive battle, the women’s field hockey team found itself at the short end of a 1-0 decision yesterday against the No. 19 Kent State Golden Flash. The loss — the Red’s second in a row after starting the season with a victory — dropped Cornell to 1-2 on the campaign.
The victory for Kent State, its third in a row, pushed the Flash to 4-1. The game was scoreless until there was 19:21 remaining when senior Kelly Given tapped in a rebound from a shot by classmate Helen Jerdan for the game-winner.
In the first half, even though the Golden Flash controlled the game by keeping the ball in the Cornell zone, it was unable to capitalize. Kent State peppered the Red goal with 10 shots but were denied time and again by Cornell junior goalie Kaitlin Tierney.
In addition to its shot advantage in the first stanza, Kent State also earned nine penalty corners compared to just two for the host.
Cornell seemed to put on more offensive pressure in the second half. However, Kent State once again held an edge in the shots department, with a 10-5 edge in the category in the second frame.
With just a little over eight minutes remaining in the game, Cornell had its best chance to score the equalizer. Sophomore Stephanie Maher slapped a shot from a penalty corner off of the right post which ricocheted harmlessly away from the Golden Flash net.
Tierney was masterful once again in goal for the Red. Despite constant pressure, she allowed just one goal on the day while notching 16 days. Thus far into the season, Tierney has ceded just eight goals in three starts.
For the Golden Flash, junior Jessica Creden made three saves to pick up her first shutout of the 2002 season.
Maher, and juniors Carissa Mirasol, Lindsay Grace, and Kimmy Gardner had two shots each for the Red.
Jerden was the dominant offensive player for Kent State, taking eight shots in addition to her assist.
For Cornell to be successful the remainder of the season, its offense must get on track, as it has managed to net just seven goals this season. Cornell will continue its homestand this Saturday with its Ivy-League opener, a noon matchup against Penn.
Archived article by Matt Nassr