Pioneers Field Hockey drops Sunday matinee to Roanoke

Pioneers Field Hockey drops Sunday matinee to Roanoke

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania Field Hockey team had plans of capitalizing upon their overtime victory from a day before, but fell to the Roanoke Maroons 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.

The Pioneers were led on offense by sophomore midfielder Alyson Bergman, who tallied four shots on the day, and the duo of freshman forward Zoe Jessie and junior midfielder Jessica Chandler, who each recorded two shots on the day.

Defensively, Transylvania struggled to control Roanoke senior attacker Shelbi Holloman, who recorded a hat-trick before halftime, and accounted for four goals in the game.

The Pioneers failed to get going offensively in the first half, as they had trouble possessing the ball and were outshot by the Maroons, twelve to two in the first period.

The second half would continue to be a struggle for the Pioneers, as the Maroons built their lead up to 7-0, thanks to consistent ball control.

The Pioneers' moment on offense came when junior fielder Jessica Chandler was awarded a penalty stroke with five minutes remaining in the game. The one-on-one opportunity with Roanoke's goalkeeper was Transylvania's best shot at a goal all day, and Chandler did not disappoint. Her shot found its way past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net, putting the Pios in the scoring column for the first time in the contest.

The Pioneers received a gallant performance from sophomore goalkeeper Allyson Benz, who recorded 15 saves in the contest, while being subjected to constant pressure by the Maroon's attack.

The Pioneers will now look to return to their winning ways as they continue their current home stand. Transylvania next takes the field against the visiting Earlham Quakers on September 30. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium in Lexington.

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