Dutton honored again
Kent State University junior forward Jaclyn Dutton continues to rack up individual honors as the Golden Flashes’ women’s soccer team keeps on winning.
This past weekend, KSU went 2-0 with Mid-American Conference victories over Buffalo and Akron. The Golden Flashes blanked the Bulls 1-0 on Friday before outlasting the Zips, 3-2, in overtime Sunday.
For her accomplishments, she was named Monday the College Sports Madness MAC Player of the Week.
Dutton, who still holds the all-time career girls’ goal-scoring mark in the Buckeye State with 192 twine-ticklers during her days at St. Clairsville, netted three of Kent State’s four goals, including her third game-winner in the shutout of Buffalo. Her second goal against Akron tied the game in the 90th minute and set up the OT win.
“We really wanted to beat Buffalo because they beat us twice last year,” Dutton said via telephone Wednesday morning. “That was a big win, and the victory over Akron gave us a point in the Wagon Wheel Challenge. So, it was a big weekend for us.”
The three goals give Dutton 13 for the season in 13 games, which has her tied for sixth in the nation. She is just two net-finders behind the leaders. Her goal-a-game average is third nationally, while her 29 points is eighth.
“I really don’t care about the individual stats,” she modestly said. “As long as we keep winning as a team, that’s all that counts.”
The Golden Flashes are currently in second place in the MAC East with a 3-2-1 mark, only trailing Miami (6-0, 12-2). Kent State is 8-3-2 overall.
Her 13 goals lead the league and are half of her team’s total. The next closest is eight. Her points per game mark of 2.23 is first, as are her four made penalty kicks in as many attempts. She also leads the MAC with 46 shots, 31 of which have been on goal.
She transferred from Clemson University after her freshman season. However, she stopped short of comparing the MAC and the ACC.
“They are two totally different situations,” she disclosed. “Clemson was more technical and that was a great experience for me to grow my soccer abilities, but the MAC is more physical and that’s the way I like to play.
“I’ve got great coaches and teammates at Kent State, and we are having a pretty good season.”
The Golden Flashes are in Michigan this weekend for games against Western Michigan on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Sunday. They will complete the regular season with home contests against Northern Illinois, Toledo and Ohio U.