LEXINGTON, Ky.—After grabbing an early one-goal lead, the Transylvania University field hockey team dropped a tight double-overtime contest to the visiting Hendrix College Warriors, 3-2.
The Pioneers' offense came out aggressive and put constant pressure on the Hendrix defense and goalkeeper throughout the game, tallying 32 shots and putting 28 on goal. Midfielder Jessica Chandler led the way for the Pioneers, putting five of her seven shot attempts on target, followed by midfielders Caroline Patrick, who had five shots on goal in six attempts and Alyson Bergman who put all five of her shot attempts on the mark.
The Transy defense was equally stifling, limiting the Warriors to just 11 shots, many of which were from distance and they were fortified by a strong effort in the cage by goalie Allyson Benz who recorded five saves in the contest.
Bergman gave the Pioneers the early advantage, scoring in the sixth minute of the match to put Transylvania on top 1-0, driving a shot past the Hendrix keeper into the bottom left corner. The Warriors responded with a goal of their own in the 14th minute to even the score but Transy was determined to retake the lead and pressed forward with their attack. Ultimately, they were rewarded with a goal from defender Kayla Thurlow at the 19:48 mark to retake the lead. The Pioneers would carry the 2-1 lead into the locker room after the first half.
In the second half, it was a Hendrix goal that emerged from a scrum in front of the cage to even the score at two. Transylvania continued their offensive pressure, attacking frequently and consistently working their way deep into the Warriors' defensive area but was unable to crack the seal and regulation ended still tied. After a scoreless first 16 minutes of overtime play, Hendrix found their way in close to the Pioneers' goal and fired off a shot that slipped past Benz, giving the Warriors the win.
Transylvania (1-12, 0-7 SAA) will return to the field tomorrow with a home contest against Rhodes at 11:00am. It will be Transy's regular season finale.