Lexington, Ky. – A late offensive explosion carried the Transylvania men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over the UC Clermont College Cougars at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday night.
The victory propels Transylvania's record to 2-3-2 overall while the Cougars, members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, fall to 2-4 on the season.
The first half of play was full of frustration for the Pioneers as they outshot UC Clermont 15-1 in the period but were unable to capitalize with a goal. Although Transylvania maintained a decisive advantage in time of possession, the half came to an end with a score of 0-0.
The Pioneers finally broke through in the 76th minute when freshman midfielder Tyler Dobbs sent a ball into the box that junior forward Alex Shkraba blasted across the face of the goal and into the far corner of the net.
In the 81st minute, a UC Clermont foul gave Transylvania a free kick from straightaway that junior forward Charlie Wend fired just to the right of the Cougars' defensive wall and into the back of the net, extending the Transy lead to 2-0.
The Pioneers final goal of the day was delivered courtesy of freshman forward Tyler Kenney after a beautiful setup pass from sophomore midfielder DJ Sanders. The goal was the first for Kenney as a Pioneer and sealed the 3-0 Transylvania victory.
Junior goalkeeper Drew Grisham recorded one save while securing the Pioneers' first shutout victory of the season.
Transylvania now has a week to prepare for its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Association matchup of the season. The Pioneers will travel to Anderson, Indiana on Saturday, September 29 to face the Anderson University Ravens. First touch between the Pioneers and the Ravens is set for 3:00 p.m. at the AU Soccer Stadium.
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