Lexington, Ky. – Despite a pair of second-half goals from junior midfielder Caroline Patrick and senior midfielder Jessica Chandler, the Transylvania Field Hockey team dropped its 2017 home opener to the Centre College Colonels by the final score of 5-2 at Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Pioneers played a strong first half as they controlled the ball and created several offensive opportunities throughout the first 35. However, the Colonels capitalized on a late scoring opportunity and carried a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Colonels looked to put the game away, scoring a pair of goals early in the second half. However, the Pioneers responded when Patrick's shot found the back of the net with just under eight minutes remaining in the game to cut Centre's lead to 3-1.
After another Centre goal, Chandler scored the Pioneers' second goal of the night with just under three minutes remaining in the game. A quick response from the Colonels pushed the final score to 5-2 in favor of the road team.
Despite the loss, head coach Sarah Humphries took some positives from the Pioneers performance. "We did a great job controlling the field, moving the ball well, and dictating the pace of the game for the most part," said Humphries. "In the second half we played a little more frantic and made some more mistakes. However, we did a great job staying in the game and continuing to push even after getting some goals scored on us."
Junior goalkeeper Allyson Benz turned in another strong performance for the Pioneers, as she tallied nine saves in 70 minutes of action in goal.
The Pioneers now have a quick turnaround as they will face the Converse College Valkyries on Friday night, September 15. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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