Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania Field Hockey team scored early, then fought back from a tie game to defeat the Ferrum Panthers 2-1 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The win is Transylvania's first of the season and was collected in dramatic fashion in its field hockey home opener for 2016.
The Pioneers were led offensively by junior fielder Jessica Chandler, who scored two goals on the day, including the game-winning shot in overtime. The goals were Chandler's third and fourth of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Benz had a big game for the Pios, as she allowed only one goal on the afternoon while recording six saves in the game, including several bigtime saves down the stretch of the second half and in overtime.
The Pioneers dominated the game offensively from the start, as they possessed the ball for most of the first half. After several close shots by various Pioneers, Chandler found the back of the net at the 20:15 mark of the first half.
Transylvania outshot Ferrum ten to three in the first half.
While the Pioneers continued to possess the ball adroitly in the second half, their resolve was tested. Fifteen minutes into the second half, a lofting shot from Sierra Megdleno into the net evened the score up at one. While both teams had multiple chances to score down the stretch the defenses held, and the end of regulation came with a tie score.
However, the overtime period and the game belonged to the home team, as the Pioneers outshot the Panthers five to one in the extra session.
After the Pioneers applied some moderate pressure to the Panthers keeper in the overtime, Chandler decided to finish what she had started, and she rocketed the game-winning blast into the back of the net on a penalty corner setup. The goal sent Chandler and her teammates into hysteria as they rushed the field to celebrate the victory.
The Pioneers now look to build a win streak on a quick turnaround as they next host Roanoke College. The matchup between Transylvania and Roanoke is scheduled for an 1:00 p.m. Sunday start at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington.
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