MEMPHIS, Tn. --- The Pioneers came in positive as they entered the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Championship ready to extend their 2015 season. Transylvania would draw Hendrix College as a first round opponent with the winner advancing to Saturday's semi-final match.
The Warriors would come out on the attack early in the game putting pressure on the Pioneer defense as they got off two shots in the first 10 minutes. Hendrix would get in the scoring column first as they tallied a goal by Holly Heeb at 13:12 in the first half. Transylvania would not be phased as the roared back in a little under three minutes to ties the game at 1-1 at 15:37. Senior Midfielder Katie Jackel fired in a shot in heavy traffic to get the Pioneers back in an even score situation and would prove to be a motivating goal for further action in the first half. Just over four minutes later, Freshman Forward Caroline Patrick would give the Pioneers the go-ahead goal when she pocketed the goal to push the score out to 2-1. Midfielder Kayla Thurlow would keep the Warriors defense busy with constant pressure and racking up two shots on goal.
Goaltending would be on both sides would put the clamps on any additional scoring for the remainder of the half. Pioneer goaltenders Allyson Benz and Sidney Lococo would keep the Warriors out of the net combining for 52 scoreless minutes to secure the win for Pioneers, 2-1. The duo would combine to stop 5 shots on goal.
Head Coach Sarah Humphries was happy with her teams in the SAA opening round, "It was a great team effort today. We started off slow, but adjusted well. We've been working hard all season and I'm glad we were rewarded with the win."
Transylvania will take the field again tomorrow, November 7th, against Rhodes College in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament Semi-finals. Match time starts at 11 a.m.