Mount Berry, Ga. – Transylvania showed off its defense for the third time in three matches to begin the season as it picked up a 1-0 victory against the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers Saturday afternoon at Bob Pearson Field.
Playing in their first game at the weekend's Berry Invitational hosted by Berry College, the Pioneers squared off against Birmingham-Southern, who presented a tremendous defense like their counterparts.
Having just allowed one goal over its first two matches of the contest, Transylvania unveiled another quintessential defensive performance to notch its second consecutive shutout.
For much of the first half, Transylvania waited for the right time to pounce. The moment came in the 40th minute when a deflected pass near the right side of the attacking box sailed towards freshman forward Griffin Lamb, who accurately booted a shot into the left corner of the net from straightaway for a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers increased the offensive pressure in the second half, spending ample time in the front third of the field, but could not find the finishing touch. But the possession battle belonged to the Pioneers until very late in the contest.
Birmingham-Southern mounted dangerous final shots over the final five minutes, but Transylvania's back line held firm and thwarted every chance the Panthers mounted. The Panthers received one last chance when they earned a corner kick in the 90th minute. After Transylvania was unable to clear the ball cleanly, the ball ended in the possession of Birmingham-Southern's Ryan Hepp, who let one rip from the top of the box as the clock expired; the open shot missed high as the result went to the Pioneers.
Transylvania is back in action tomorrow to take on tournament host Berry College; the match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start from Bob Pearson Field.
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