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Field hockey comes up short against MAC leader Kent State


Central Michigan midfielder Georgina Minta celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Kent State Oct. 18 at Cristy Freese Field

Catherine Ostoich wanted to see more effort, and she was looking for her players to score goals as well as improve on defense.

Though unsatisfied as the Chippewas fell short in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Kent State, Ostoich was pleased with her team's performance. 

"I feel like that was the best hockey our team has put together for 60 minutes throughout the last six or seven games," Ostoich said. "There are a lot of good things to take away, but we didn't get the result we wanted."

Redshirt junior midfielder Samantha Glapinski stepped up for Ostoich, as she scored both goals for the Chippewas Friday afternoon, each time offering up an equalizer after Kent State pulled ahead. 

The Golden Flashes scored first, as junior forward Hallie Balachick found the goal just 43 seconds into the second period after the two teams played to a stalemate in the first. Glapinski answered back two minutes later, and the score was tied heading into halftime. 

Sophomore forward Sydney Carr scored to put the Golden Flashes up 2-1 heading into the fourth, but Glapinski knotted the score when her slapshot found the goal just over three minutes into the final period. 

Kent State freshman forward Claudia Ortiz scored the game-winner with just over seven minutes to play in the game. 

Chippewa senior goalkeeper Abigail Ebersole made nine saves for the Chippewas. Senior midfielder Georgina Mintz contributed an assist.  

"She's just a phenomenal keeper," Ostoich said of Ebersole.

Friday's game was the first on the newly christened Cristy Freese Field. The playing surface was dedicated to the winningest coach in program history.

"It's my name on the field, but it's really about what we all did when we were here," said Freese, who spent 29 years as the program's head coach. "It's about continuing to support our field hockey program."

Ostoich agreed.

"I told the girls before the game that we were playing for something bigger today," she said. "We were playing for the student-athletes who came before them."

Friday's loss was the 13th in a row for the Chippewas, who fell to 2-13 on the season. They next take the field Oct. 25th in Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.