LEXINGTON, Ky.—Battling both their opponent and the elements, the Transylvania University field hockey team fell to visiting Centre College on Saturday in Southern Athletic Association play. The Pioneers relented two goals in the opening period and three in the second half to fall 5-0.
Despite the outcome, Transy head coach Sarah Humphries commented on how hard her team played today. "I am so proud of how our girls played. The effort they put in today was phenomenal."
A stiff Colonel defense stymied the Transylvania offense, cutting off any serious Pioneer attack before it threatened the goal. Transy had a goal waved off in the 23rd minute after a Centre player fouled Transylvania before the shot. On the ensuing penalty corner, Kayla Thurlow sent a ball towards the middle but the back line of the Colonels intercepted the pass and cleared the ball towards midfield, ending the threat.
Goalkeeper Allyson Benz gave the Pioneers a solid performance in goal, recording 16 saves on 21 shots on goal. Benz had a particularly strong stretch in the 33rd minute of the second half. With Centre on top 2-0, the Colonels sent a well-struck shot towards the lower left corner but Benz laid out across the box for the save. Less than a minute later, she turned in another quality save, this time on a Centre penalty corner, moving quickly to her right and collecting the shot for a save.
Humphries noted that Benz has a bright future ahead. "She was lights out in the cage," said Humphries, "I'm excited to watch her continue to grow."
Transylvania (0-5, 0-4 SAA) takes a break from conference play next Friday as they travel to Denison University. That game is slated to begin at 6:30pm.