Bison Field Hockey continues to compete on the road

Brooke Tracey, Contributing Writer

The Bison field hockey team remained on the road this past weekend, facing Kent State University in Ohio on Sunday.

While the Orange and Blue opened up the score in the second quarter, the Kent State Golden Flashes found much success in the third quarter to secure the victory. 

The Bison competed for the entirety of the game, especially prior to the half. Both teams remained scoreless throughout the first quarter of play, until the Bison took charge in the second quarter. 

Lily Neilson ’25 scored off of a penalty corner at minute 21 of the game. Just 38 seconds later, the Bison received another penalty corner, leading to Mia Fields ’24 securing her first career goal. The Orange and Blue continued to press, out-shooting the Golden Flashes 9-4 in the first half.

The Bison came out of halftime feeling confident, but were quickly met by an eager Kent State team. Just five minutes into the third quarter, goalkeeper Clara McCormick ’23 made a strong save off of a penalty corner, but the Golden Flashes continued to press the Bison. Nine minutes into the quarter, Kent State found the back of the net, narrowing the Bison lead 2-1. 

Just over a minute later, the Golden Flashes found the net again, evening the score. Only two more minutes of play passed until Kent State would score the final goal of the match, securing a 3-2 victory on the day. 

In speaking to Kari Melberger ‘24 after the game, she said that the team played well as a whole, and has “the potential to learn and grow from this game and have a very successful upcoming weekend against Central Michigan and Temple.”

Despite the road loss, the Bison remain optimistic about the future. They are excited to return to Lewisburg this weekend, facing Central Michigan at 4 p.m. on Friday in their home opener, followed by a 11 a.m. match against Temple University on Sunday.

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