Gambier, Ohio – The Transylvania field hockey team opened up its 2016 campaign on the road on Thursday night, falling to the Ladies of Kenyon College, 3-0.
The Pioneers entered the evening looking for a what would have been a significant upset of a strong Ladies team that went 17-3 last season in their home fortress. For one half of play, it remained a valid possibility.
In what served as a defense battle, the Pioneers defense turned away eight shots by Kenyon's offense. After the Ladies struck nearly six minutes into the match, the Pioneers dug in and held Kenyon scoreless at home for the rest of the half.
As they did to open up the first half, Kenyon found the net off of a redirect shot in the early moments of the Period, but the Pioneers shifted back into a defense tone, allowing just one more goal the rest of the contest.
While the Pioneers' offense was held in check, head coach Sarah Humphries took note of the challenge the Pios welcomed and some opening-night takeaways for the rest of the season.
"Overall, we were very impressed with the play," said Humphries. "Kenyon is considered one of the top 30 teams in the country and received votes in the preseason poll. To walk away with a 3-0 loss is a great start to the program. We put great pressure on them and were able to disrupt their passing opportunities."
The Pioneers will next continue their pursuit of a win on Sunday, September 4 when they visit Earlham College, which competes out of the North Coast Athletic Conference in field hockey. The ball drops at 1:00 p.m. in Richmond, Indiana where the Pioneers return to action.
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