Temple University Field Hockey Game Cut Short For Kent State Football Fireworks Display

Temple University Field Hockey Game Cut Short For Kent State Football Fireworks Display


BY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS DAYS EARLIER FOR GETTING INTO A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH THE TEAM’S GENERAL MANAGER. TEMPLE’S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM WAS BACK ON THE FIELD TONIGHT AND SPEAKING OUT AFTER THEIR GAME AT KENT STATE WAS SHUT DOWN. ALEXANDRIA HOFF JOINS US NOW TO TELL US WHY THE MATCH WAS INTERRUPTED. ALEX? Reporter: SO PICTURE THIS A COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME INTERRUPTED AND NULLIFIED IN DOUBLE OVERTIME BECAUSE THE FIELD NEEDED TO BE USED TO SET OFF FIREWORKS BEFORE A WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY MATCH. THAT’S TOUGH TO PICTURE, RIGHT? HOW ABOUT THE REVERSE? ON SATURDAY MORNING, TEMPLE’S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM WAS DEEP INTO DOUBLE OT IN A GAME AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE. THOSE ARE THE GAMES WE FIGHT FOR AND WORK FOR. Reporter: THE MATCH-UP WAS HELD ON THE CAMPUS OF KENT STATE IN OHIO WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN BOTH TEAMS WERE GIVEN AN ORDER TO EVACUATE THE FIELD. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, WE’RE IN DANGER, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO BE SAFE, GET IN A SAFE ZONE. Reporter: BUT THEY WEREN’T IN EMINENT DANGER. THE FIELD WAS CLEARED TO PREPARE FOR A FIREWORKS SHOW THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE BEFORE KENT STATE’S FOOTBALL GAME. IT KIND OF SUNK IN ON THE BUS RIDE HOME. Reporter: BECAUSE OF THE SUDDEN CANCELLATION THE GAME WAS REDUCED TO SCRIMMAGE STATUS. IT WOULDN’T COUNT. I THINK NO FEMALE ATHLETE OR FEMALE IN GENERAL SHOULD FEEL THEY ARE LUCKY TO DO WHAT THEY DO OR AN OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU GET TO GO FINISH YOUR GAME. AND TO FEEL SLIGHTED, I FELT FOR MY TEAM IN THAT MOMENT. Reporter: KENT’S STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE IN HINDSIGHT A DIFFERENT DECISION SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE TO ULTIMATELY ENSURE THE GAME REACHED ITS CONCLUSION. WE HOLD OURSELVES TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD AND IN THIS SITUATION WE FAILED. IT IS BRINGS LIKE TO A BIGGER ISSUE. Reporter: THE TEAM IS BACK AT PRACTICE GEARING UP TO FACE BRYANT ON FRIDAY. IT WASN’T NECESSARILY KENT VERSUS TEMPLE IN MAINE, IT WASN’T NECESSARILY FOOTBALL VERSUS FIRES WORK. IT WAS SOMETHING THE WAY WE VIEW IT, REGARDLESS WHETHER IT HAPPENED TO A MEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM OR NOT, IT HAPPENED TO A WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY PROGRAM. Reporter: THOSE FIREWORKS ARE SET OFF ON AN ADJACENT FIELD, WASN’T EVEN THE SAME ONE. ON SATURDAY THEY OFFERED FOR TEMPLE AND MAINE TO RESUME THEIR GAME ABOUT SIX HOURS LATER BUT PLAYERS SAY THAT WAS TOO LITTLE

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