SEWANEE, Tenn.—After grabbing an early lead, the Transylvania University field hockey team relented two second half goals and dropped a non-conference matchup with Bethany College, 2-1.
Transy played a solid game, snagging a lead quickly behind a goal from freshman defender Jamie Wilder in the 12th minute off an assist from freshman forward Caroline Patrick. It was Wilder's first career goal.
The Pioneers had ample opportunities to score in the match, taking 16 shots in the contest and putting eight on goal. Transy looked to extend its one-goal advantage with shots by senior midfielder Katie Jackel in at the 13:08 mark and junior forward Jessie Wilson just four minutes later. They pushed their shots wide, however, and the score remained 1-0. Freshman goalkeeper Allyson Benz kept the Pioneer advantage intact with several saves in the opening period, allowing Transylvania to take their lead into the locker room.
In the second half, however, an onslaught of attack attempts from Bethany put the pressure on the Transy defense and Benz. The Pioneers withstood the rush for much of the half, but with under 13 minutes to play, Bethany's Angelica Darling slipped a shot past Benz and into the cage to knot the score at one. The game-winning effort came with five minutes to play as Natalie Knauer beat the Transylvania defense and put Bethany on top 2-1.
The Pioneers responded, pressing forward and ripping off two shots in the closing minutes but both were saved by the Bethany keeper to hold the score at 2-1.
Patrick led the Pioneers with four shot attempts, followed by Wilson's three. In the goal, Benz turned in another quality performance, recording eight saves on 10 shots on goal.
Transylvania returns to Southern Athletic Association play in their next match, when they take on Sewanee tomorrow at 11:00am.