Pioneers drop defensive decision at Earlham as road trip continues

Pioneers drop defensive decision at Earlham as road trip continues

Richmond, Ind. – The Transylvania University field hockey team continued its season-opening road swing with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Earlham College Quakers at Darrell Beane Stadium on Sunday.

The Pioneers answered forth with their second straight game holding an opponent under three goals or less, but the goal remained elusive for the ever-hungry visitors from Transylvania.

The match was the second result of the season for the Pioneers, who were aiming to bounce back from an opening-season loss on Thursday against powerhouse Kenyon as they embarked on game two of a six-game trek away from the friendly confines of Pat Deacon Stadium.

As was the case in the season opener, Transylvania held firm with its opposition in the Quakers for a long portion of the first half. It wasn't until the 23rd minute of gameplay that the Quakers' Maite Turlings struck off of a penalty corner to give Earlham a one-goal advantage.

The Pioneers continued searching for offensive opportunities as freshman midfielder Taylor Insley and sophomore midfielder Alyson Bergman led the charge, with each mustering multiple shots on goal.

"Some positive takeaways from today were our improvements on offense compared to the first game of the season," commented head coach Sarah Humphries. "We had some great passing and looks on cage, but we were unable to capitalize on our opportunities."

While Transylvania's defense was stout for most of the game, only allowing four shots on goal from the Quakers, Earlham seized the few on-goal opportunities it received with two goals in the process. The Pioneers aggression lent its way to 14 earned penalty corners for the afternoon.

"We are looking forward to fixing our mistakes and having a hard week of practice before our next game against Wooster," added Humphries.

The Pioneers' road trip continues as their next game takes them to the College of Wooster next Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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