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2013 MAC Soccer Season Preview: Kent State

Kent State returns experience, a productive group of upperclassmen, and a long tenured coaching staff. Signs point towards success for the Golden Flashes.

Kevork Djansezian

The Kent State Golden Flashes come into the 2013 season looking to improve upon a 13-5-2 season (7-3-1) having lost to No. 1 seed Miami in the 2012 MAC tournament. Head coach Rob Marinaro has been a fixture within the program since its inception in 1997, and is headed into his 13th year as head coach of the Golden Flashes.

Marinaro's squad saw plenty of production a year ago, scoring 40 goals in 20 games compared to 19 netted for their opponents.

Crucial in the prospective success of this group this season are an experienced group of Golden Flashes. Jaclyn Dutton, a second team All-MAC selection, will lead the attack after having broken the Kent State single season record last year with 37 points (15 goals). She is now third in school history in goals (21) and points (55). Couple Dutton with Stefanie Hough (Second Team All-MAC selection) on the front line, and the Golden Flashes' have 53 percent of of their 2012 scoring back. As talented as these two, and much of this Kent State squad are, the offense should be fun to watch in 2013. Not that they could top this gem.

Sophomore Stephanie Senn returns in the net after having played in all 20 games in 2012. She blanked opponents eight times, and allowed less than a goal a match.

Morgan Mah and Mariah Sidwell will lead a standout defensive group that allowed only 10 goals in MAC play in 2012. Notable experience returns on the defense and the midfield. The Golden Flashes will have plenty of young talent to contribute to the defensive effort.

Kent State won't venture too far from home, keeping it fairly close over the first few weeks of the season before making a trip to North Carolina to take on Coastal Carolina and the College of Charleston. KSU fans will have a chance to see their team in spurts, with three game home stretches against Youngstown State, Central Michigan (which will be their first MAC contest), and Bowling Green, all in late September. In the middle of October, they play host Akron, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan.

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If you care to check out some highlights from a year ago, (or even this spring) this YouTube channel comes in handy.

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