Story by Shelby Dixon
WOOSTER, Oh.—The Pioneers field hockey team fell to the College of Wooster on Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-0. It was Transylvania's fourth straight loss after opening the season with a win.
Despite the skid, head coach Sarah Humphries believes the team is making strides to becoming a successful program. "The team played one of the best games I've seen them play this year," she said. "Every game the girls keep improving and making adjustments."
While Transy was able to keep pace with the Fighting Scots in regards to total shots, their accuracy was not on par with that of Wooster. The Pioneers managed to put only three of their 10 shots on target while 10 of the College of Wooster's 13 shots were on goal.
The Pioneers' defense held strong for the first twenty-three minutes before they relinquished goals to the Fighting Scots in the 24th and 26th minutes. The College of Wooster was led by Taylor Thorp, who scored each of their two first half goals. Wooster's Kerry O'Connor capped the scoring in the 39th minute when she put a loose ball in front of the cage into the back of the net.
Offensively, senior midfielder Sara Clark led the Pioneers with four shot attempts and one on target. Sophomore Shelby Perkins and junior Maddie King were the only other Pioneers to put a shot on goal. Transy opened up the offense late in the second half, an adjustment Humphries sees impacting the rest of the season. "With about twenty minutes left in the game we made a large shift in our lineup, which resulted in more firepower in our attack," Humphries said. "We are looking to carry that new lineup into our game on Tuesday."
The Pioneers move to 1-4 on the season and will open Southern Athletic Assoication play on Tuesday night when rival Centre College comes to Pat Deacon Stadium.