Photo by: Brandon Johnson
Story by: Shelby Dixon
LEXINGTON, Ky.— The Transylvania University Pioneers field hockey team was defeated by the visiting Washington and Lee Generals on a rainy, humid night by a score of 5-0.
Coming off a strong win against Earlham over the weekend, Transylvania looked to continue its early season success. They were thwarted, however, by a stout Washington and Lee team that featured a potent offense and stifling defense.
Pioneer head coach Sarah Humphries felt that, despite the outcome, there were positives to be found. "While we didn't come out on the winning side, that game was our first real test," Humphries said."We started the game with high intensity and fast tempo. I will be looking to improve upon that in future games."
Transylvania struggled to maintain possession, which led to few shot attempts and scoring chances. The Pioneers managed only three shots and only placed two on target. Washington and Lee applied steady pressure on the ball, closed off passing lanes and forced numerous turnovers. The Generals capitalized on those turnovers and transitioned into offense smoothly, creating shot opportunities all game. Washington and Lee took 24 shots with 19 on goal.
"During the first 15 minutes or so we were in control of the game," Humphries said. "I will be looking to keep that intensity and tempo throughout future games."
The Generals took control of the game and cracked the scoring column in the 19th minute with a goal by Abby Avery and never looked back, with goals coming in the 27th, 44th, 56th and 66th minutes. Two players, Abby Avery and Charlotte McDonald, tallied two goals apiece and Maggie Waxter scoring the other. Despite the number of goals, Humphries said she still saw positives in the defense, "We made adjustments late in the game and started stepping to the ball and applying more pressure, which I was pleased to see."
Although the result was not ideal, Humphries views this game as a building block, and saw more good than bad and remains optimistic for the season. "The game definitely highlighted some key points we will focus our practices around to improve," said Humphries, "I constantly tell the girls we only need little tweaks to make big changes."
With the loss, the Pioneers drop to 1-1 and will continue their season on Saturday as they travel to Frostburg State (1-0).