Danville, Ky. – The Transylvania Field Hockey team stood firm, but eventually relented, with a 6-0 defeat against the Centre College Colonels at South Turf Field on Wednesday evening.
The contest pitted the first Southern Athletic Association matchup of the year between the neighborly rivals Transylvania and Centre, with the Colonels playing host down in Danville.
The first 20 minutes of the match yielded no scoring results for either team as the Pioneers and Colonels took turns grappling with one another. The Pioneers tried to secure possession against the Colonels, while Centre was able to fire off a succession of shots in the Pioneers' box.
Centre came aggressively at the Pioneers in the box, but sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Benz made a series of flexible saves for the Pioneers. After a string of attempts for the Colonels, Centre's Hayley Barker struck through at the 22:56 mark of the first half to secure a lead for Centre.
Centre capitalized upon its newfound momentum with another goal less than two minutes later to pick up steam. From there, the Colonels accelerated their scoring will, posting three more goals in the final 3:03 of the first half to take a 5-0 lead into halftime.
As the second half began, Transylvania and Centre shifted into a more defensive pace. Centre tacked on one more goal in the second half for the final 6-0 margin, as Transylvania completed its grueling six-game road trip to begin the 2016 season.
Benz stood strong in goal against a consistent Centre attack, registering 12 saves in the loss for Transylvania.
The Pioneers now look forward to their 2016 home opener on Saturday, September 24 as they host Ferrum College. The matchup between Transylvania and Ferrum is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington.
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