Sewanee, Tenn. – The Transylvania field hockey team opened the 2018 season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss at the hands of the Eastern Mennonite University Royals at Puett Field on Saturday night.
The matchup between the Royals and the Pioneers, which was part of the Sewanee Play Day, had originally been scheduled for Saturday afternoon but was postponed till late in the evening due to a lightning delay.
Less than a minute into the game senior midfielder Caroline Patrick attempted Transylvania's first shot of the game but put the ball just wide of the Royal's cage.
The Pioneers and Royals traded blows throughout the rest of the half, but the score remained even at 0-0 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Royals turned up the intensity, taking a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Rachel Breslin in the 45th minute.
The Pioneers mustered three shot attempts over the final 25 minutes of the game, but the Royals' defense held strong in route to the 1-0 victory.
"It was a tough loss, but a great starting point for our season," commented head coach Sarah Humphries. "I thought we played well, especially on our defensive end of the field. Alyson, Caroline, and Ellie had a great impact on our team's performance this evening. Overall we learned from this game and will continue to grow as the season progresses."
Senior goalkeeper Allyson Benz was tremendous in the cage for Transylvania, collecting nine saves while allowing just one goal in 70 minutes of action.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow to face the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops in day two of the Sewanee Play Day. The match is set for a 12:30 p.m. start at Puett Field.
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