Kent State's fall sports season is in full swing, as the women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams each earned victories over the weekend.
Senior Jessacca Gironda scored her second game-winning goal of the season in the 109th minute to give Kent State a 1-0 win over Valparaiso (2-2) in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon at Zoeller Field, completing a 2-0 weekend for the Golden Flashes (3-1).
Gironda's goal was a rebound off a shot from sophomore Madison Helterbran that went off the post and back into play.
Kent State had a 25-9 lead in shots, including a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal, and also dominated in corner kicks, 10-2.
On Friday, the Flashes defeated Cleveland State 1-0 at Zoeller Field on Gironda's goal in the 51st minute as sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Senn recorded her ninth career shutout. Kent State outshot Cleveland State 21-6.
Kent State (1-2) defeated Robert Morris (0-3) in straight sets on Saturday at the Indiana Invitational 25-15, 25-17, 25-17, but fell to host Indiana and Rutgers.
"I think our girls learned a lot about themselves and believing in their ability to compete no matter what team we're playing," said KSU head coach Don Gromala. "We got better throughout the weekend. When we play as a team and take care of our job, we can compete with strong programs that are perceived to have better players."
Sophomore opposite Kelly Hutchison and junior middle blocker Liz Reikow led the way with nine kills each. Freshman outside hitter Bianca Cifaldi added seven kills, along with two service aces and two solo blocks for a match-best 11 points. Senior setter Aleksandra Nowak recorded 23 assists, while libero Hannah Herc anchored the defense with 15 digs.
Kent State dropped a 3-1 (11-25, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25) decision to host Indiana (3-0) in the tournament finale. Cifaldi paced the offense with 12 kills, while Nowak recorded 30 assists.
The Flashes dropped their opener 3-0 to Rutgers on Friday. Hutchison led the way with eight kills, 10 points and three aces, while Reikow had seven kills and six blocks. Reikow was named to the All-Tournament team after hitting .304 on the weekend with 22 kills and eight blocks.
Kent State (1-1) claimed its first win on the young season with a 6-2 triumph over Appalachian State (0-2) on Sunday, as six different players scored goals for the Flashes.
"We had a really good team performance today," said KSU coach Kathleen Wiler. "I'm happy to put some goals in the back of the net, and I was pleased with the hard work."
Jenna McHale, Rebecca Lee, Alyssa McFerren, Melanie Kahn, Alexis Madeira and Shannon Martin all scored a goal for Kent State. Jahna Jordan spent all 70 minutes in goal, recording six saves.
Kent State opened the season with a 5-1 loss to host James Madison on Friday. Julia Hofmann scored the team's lone goal with an assist by Jenna McHale. James Madison outshot the Golden Flashes 20-12.
The Flashes return to action next weekend as they travel to Michigan State to take on Monmouth on Friday and No. 5 Syracuse on Sunday.
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