KENT, Ohio – The Kent State women’s soccer team forced a 1-1 draw with Colgate at Dix Stadium on Sunday afternoon in front of one of the largest crowds in program history.
Neither team could gain much of an advantage over the other through the first thirty minutes, as both the Golden Flashes (1-0-1) and Raiders (1-0-1) were able to find attacking opportunities, but strong defense and solid goalkeeping led to a scoreless half-hour. Colgate was able to break the deadlock first, scoring off of a counter-attack in the in the 34th minute. Though the Flashes got a couple of very good looks at goal, Colgate held the 1-0 advantage at the break.
Josie Morgan netted the equalizer for the Flashes in the 72nd minute. Taylor English intercepted an attempted clearance from the Colgate keeper, deflecting the ball to Alisa Arthur at the top of the box. The junior midfielder drew in three Raider defenders, then slipped the ball through the wall of red to Morgan, who drove the one-timer past the diving keeper on her lone shot attempt of the game.
Morgan now has two goals in her first two collegiate matches.
Both teams were able to create scoring opportunities as the game clock wore down, but the defenses held pat to force the draw.
Arthur led the way with three shot attempts for the Flashes, while Dalaney Ranallo, Kelsey Salopek and Alanna Raimondo each took a pair of shots. Sarah Melén played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Flashes, tallying three saves.
Kent State held a slight advantage in shots (12-11), shots on goal (5-4) and corner kick opportunities (5-4).
The Flashes will wrap up the two-game homestand on Thursday, August 24, when they host #14 Pitt at Zoeller Field at Dix Stadium at 7 p.m. A season ago, Kent State traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers, falling 7-0.
The themes for Thursday’s game are Back in Black and Student Welcome Back. Fans are encouraged to wear their best black Kent State gear for the first home night game of the season. The first 100 fans who arrive at Dix Stadium can take home a black Kent State Soccer scarf.
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