KENT, Ohio (NEWS RELEASE) -- Senior Amber Thomas and freshman Elisa Garcia each scored a pair of goals to help lift the University of Louisville field hockey team to a 6-1 win over host Kent State Sunday afternoon. The Cards improve to 7-3 on the season.
“We are very proud of the way we responded in our second game of the weekend and especially after a long road trip,” said U of L head coach Justine Sowry. “We had contributions all over the field today and we were able to capitalize on some great attacking play.”
Kent State (5-7) took an early lead on a penalty corner just three minutes into the game. Karleigh Carlin put the Golden Flashes on the scoreboard with assists from Rebecca Lee and Sabrina Binder.
The Cardinals did not take long to respond on their first penalty corner of the game five minutes later. Garcia registered her first goal of the game with assists from sophomore Mallory Mason and freshman Megan Anstotz to tie the score at 1-1 at the 8:27 mark.
With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, sophomore Becca Maddock tallied her team-best seventh goal of the season to pull the Cards ahead 2-1. Louisville took the 2-1 lead into halftime after holding a 9-5 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corners.
After the break Kent State opened the second half with a quick shot on goal which was stopped by senior Erin Conrad. From that point, the Cardinals went on the attack and kept the momentum, scoring two quick goals within the span of a little over a minute. Thomas connected on a feed from Maddock at the 42:28 mark and senior Haley Jurich notched her third goal of the season at the 43:32 mark in the game increase the lead to 4-1.
Six minutes later, Thomas sent a pass from senior Natasha Leickly past Kent State’s Jahna Jordan for her second goal of the game and fifth of the season. Garcia capped the scoring with her second goal of the game and fourth of the season with 20 second remaining in the game for the 6-1 final.
In the game, the Cards outshot the Golden Flashes 19-7 and held a 9-5 advantage in corners. Conrad collected six saves in the win while Jordan had nine stops for Kent State.
“We must work on not giving up early goals but on the positive we continue to respond well after the fact,” said Sowry. “We need to prepare well this coming week for another tough road trip and we are excited to have an opportunity to compete at Syracuse.”
Louisville (7-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) is back in action at No. 2 Syracuse on Sept. 29 and will travel to No. 21 Albany on Sept. 30.