Pioneers post impressive showing against Sewanee

Pioneers post impressive showing against Sewanee

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Transylvania University field hockey team tested Southern Athletic Association foe, Sewanee and its potent offense, but fell 6-2 Saturday at Puett Field.

The Pioneers fell behind early off a fortunate deflection that found the net for the Tigers. Sewanee's Zuie Billings sent a shot toward the goal, but the Pioneer defense stood tall blocking the shot. Just over a minute later, the Tigers sent another shot off a deflection this time finding the net for their first score of the game.

Transylvania's defense continued to contest the Sewanee offense denying the Tigers the net time and time again with defensive blocks and saves, along with clutch saves from goalkeeper Katie Jackel.

The Pioneers pulled within one at, 2-1, on a goal from sophomore Jessie Wilson--her third goal of the season--at the 15:18 mark of the first half. Wilson bested the Sewanee goalie for her second goal in as many games.

Sewanee, the leading scoring team in the conference, was able to add another goal prior to the break giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead at the end of the first half.

Sewanee extended its lead in the second half following an opportune possession for the Tigers. Jackel and the Pioneer defense denied Sewanee's Virginia Barry on back-to-back shots before Monica Bueso rolled the ball into the cage as Jackel was on the ground to expand the Tiger lead to three.

Transylvania's offense responded as Shelby Perkins fired a shot which was blocked, as junior Faye Katz netted her first goal of the season narrowing the Tiger lead to 4-2.

The Tiger offense found the net two more times in the contest to earn a 6-2 win over the visiting Pioneers. Transylvania posted a stellar showing against one of the conference's most potent offenses and most efficient goalkeepers.

Transylvania travels to Bethany (W.Va.) Oct. 25 for a non-conference match. Saturday's match is scheduled for 2 p.m.