Harrisonburg, Va. – The Eastern Mennonite University Royals used a stormy second half to march past the Transylvania field hockey team by the score of 6-2 at EMU Athletic Field on Monday afternoon.
The second half took a lightning-quick turn against the Pioneers, who claimed an early 1-0 lead in the match and went to the halftime break with momentum after posting a defensively cohesive first half.
The Pioneers went ahead with the first score of the match after sophomore midfielder Alyson Bergman found the back of the net off a setup from junior midfielder Jessica Chandler, thanks to an early penalty corner from which the Pioneers took full advantage.
More opportunities lay in wait for the Pioneers, but Transylvania came up just short on multiple close calls as the first half continued. Still, the ball movement remained relatively fluid for the visitors and pace appeared to favor Transylvania.
Eastern Mennonite began the second half with a more aggressive tone, as a number of shots flew wide and were blocked by enclosing Pioneers defenders. But 12 minutes into the second half, the Royals struck for their first goal of the game, and quickly applied more pressure with a consecutive goal less than one minute later to take a 2-1 lead.
Transylvania answered back nearly as quickly, as freshman defender Scout Gibson delivered the tying goal for her third score of the season and a 2-2 game.
Before the Pioneers could dig in their heels, the Royals took over the contest in the following 10 minutes with a flurry of four consecutive goals, capped off with a sixth goal at the 9:10 mark of the second half. Transylvania continued to rush the ball upfield, but were denied the finishing touch as Eastern Mennonite came up with key saves in the waning moments of the game.
Eastern Mennonite waged eight shots on goal for the day, while the Pioneers engineered seven shots at the Royals goal.
The Pioneers dropped to 4-9 following the conclusion of the contest with three games to go in their regular season.
Transylvania returns to Lexington for its next match on Saturday, October 22 as two seniors will be honored on Senior Day 2016. The Pioneers will host Concordia-Wisconsin at Pat Deacon Stadium with a scheduled 6:00 p.m. start on Saturday.
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