Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's soccer team captured an electrifying 1-0 victory over the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The victory pushes the Pioneers' winning streak to eight games in a row to start the season, and serves as Transylvania's first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the 2017 campaign.
The match was ultra-physical right from the start as both teams struggled for control of the ball in a game that was littered with fouls on both sides of the pitch.
After neither team was able to take control of the game in the first half, the Pioneers seized their opportunity in the 59th minute, when senior midfielder Riley Calhoon fired a free kick past the Rose-Hulman goalkeeper into the back of corner of the net for the 1-goal advantage.
The goal was Calhoon's eighth of the season, the most of any player in the HCAC.
With a 1-0 lead in tow, the Pioneers stepped up their effort defensively, as they held on to the slim margin over the final 30 minutes of play.
The Pioneers' defense was an integral part of the hard-fought victory, as the unit earned Transylvania's sixth shutout in eight games this season.
Transylvania sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Gaunce earned the victory after coming into the game at halftime in relief of sophomore starting goalkeeper Drew Grisham. The victory was Gaunce's second of the season.
Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Wednesday October 4. First touch between the Pioneers and the Lions is set for 7:00 p.m. at Schueler Field.
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