CONWAY, Ark.—Freshman forward Caroline Patrick scored her first career goal Sunday but it was not enough as the Transylvania University field hockey team dropped its Southern Athletic Association match with Hendrix College 4-1.
The Pioneers fell behind early as the Warriors scored two goals in the opening 10 minutes of play. After falling behind 1-0 in the seventh minute, midfielder Faye Katz sent a shot towards the goal but she was stopped by the Hendrix goalkeeper. The Warriors got back on the board several minutes later with a goal at the 9:01 mark to grab a two point advantage.
Transy was undeterred, however, and continued to press forward with their attack. Midfielder Katie Jacket put a shot on target 13 minutes into the match and defender Alexis Rubin followed up with a shot of her own less than 20 seconds later but pushed her shot just wide.
After the early goals, the Transylvania defense stiffened and goalkeeper Allyson Benz came through with several clutch saves to keep the score at 2-0. The Pioneer offense took several quality shots in the final 25 minutes of the period, with midfielder Jessica Chandler and midfielder Alyson Bergman each finding space to rip shots towards the goal. They were stymied by the Hendrix defense and goalkeeper and the half ended with the Warriors clinging to the two-goal lead.
In the second half, Hendrix extended their lead quickly, scoring a goal three minutes into the closing period for a 3-0 lead. Transy responded with several shot attempts over the next 20 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net to close the gap until the 58:37 mark. Patrick took a pass from Berman and beat the Warrior goalkeeper for the first goal of the day for the Pioneers.
Trailing 4-1, Transylvania continued its attack, sending a steady diet of forward play and shots in the direction of the Hendrix cage but they could not break through and narrow the margin.
Transylvania (0-4, 0-3 SAA) returns to the field on Saturday in a home match with in-state rival and SAA foe Centre College. That game is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.