Field Hockey: Pioneers get on board but Wooster takes the win

Field Hockey: Pioneers get on board but Wooster takes the win

Wooster, Ohio - After a hungry pursuit, the Transylvania field hockey team found the net in its third game of the season, but the College of Wooster Fighting Scots tripled that effort as the Pioneers fell 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at John P. Papp Stadium.

The Pioneers took their third loss as they continue an extended six-game road stretch to begin their 2016 season.

"We made a lot of improvements from our game last week," said Pioneers head coach Sarah Humphries of the result. "Obviously it wasn't the outcome we wanted but our ability to move the ball up field was much better."

While the result was not the desired effect for the Pioneers on their Sunday venture north to Wooster, Ohio, there was a continued increase in progress as Transylvania grabbed their first goal of the season, which came at an opportune time.

After the Scots got on the scoreboard 16 minutes into the contest, the Pioneers finally hit paydirt less than five minutes later as junior midfielder Jessica Chandler converted via a penalty corner taken by the Pioneers to equalize the game at 1-1. Freshman forward Cyara Bacon assisted Chandler on the play as the Pioneers vaulted back into the game.

Bacon was one of multiple Transy newcomers who made strides on Sunday. "Some of our freshmen really stepped up and played a big game which we are proud of moving forward," said Humphries.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Wooster rebounded just over two minutes later on a rebound that eluded the grasp of sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Benz for what proved to be the go-ahead goal for Wooster.

The game remained close as Wooster carried the 2-1 lead into halftime intermission and the Pioneers patiently waited for opportunities.

After a mostly scoreless second half, it was Wooster who found its third goal of the contest for an insurance score with just over two minutes remaining.

While allowing three goals, Benz also tallied nine saves to keep Transylvania in the game from a defensive standpoint.

Transylvania next returns to action on Saturday, September 17 as it visits Hendrix. The start is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

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