Lexington, Ky. – Staging one of its most dramatic finishes in years, the Transylvania field hockey team came back from a lost lead to collect a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Eastern Mennonite University Royals Wednesday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The Pioneers registered two goals over the final six minutes of regulation to win a shocking and inspiring victory at home for their sixth win of the year, improving to 6-10 overall following their nonconference bout with Eastern Mennonite.
"We are proud of our efforts today and the resilience we showed in coming back from being down," commented Transylvania head coach Sarah Humphries.
After seeing a longstanding one-goal lead evaporate early in the second half, Transylvania suffered a 2-1 deficit as the Royals scored two goals within a four-minute span. After an overwhelming first half that saw the Pioneers accrue 21 total shots to one for the Royals, it was the visiting Royals who proved superior on the counterattack in the opening stanzas of the second half.
Back-to-back goals from Eastern Mennonite's Lauren Hartzler spotted the visitors a 2-1 lead, and a once-breakable defense appeared consistently resistant against the Pioneers, clearing the ball at every potential Transy attack.
But the Pioneers remained dedicated to their offensive attack and continued to advance into the offensive circle late in the contest. The persistence paid off as freshman attack Audrey Denham scored off a penalty corner in the 65th minute of the match to tie up the game, 2-2.
The Pioneers spent the final four minutes of the contest quelling every Eastern Mennonite attack, including a high-velocity shot on a Royals penalty corner with no time left in the contest that went just wide of the goal as Transylvania held on for the memorable win.
The match also served as a redemptive offensive afternoon for the Pioneers, who fell to the Royals in a neutral-site game in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in their third match of the season by the score of 1-0.
"We stayed composed and pushed for the remainder of the second half after playing down for the first 15 minutes of that second half," added Humphries. "We got the job done today which is a great boost as we head into our final conference game."
Transylvania wraps up its regular season at home on Sunday, October 29 as the Pioneers host Sewanee at 12:00 p.m. noon. The match will be preceded by a Senior Day celebration in which the Pioneers will honor their lone senior, midfielder Jessica Chandler.
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