Lexington, Ky. – A furious comeback attempt by the Transylvania University field hockey team came up just short as the Pioneers fell to the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons by the final score of 5-3 at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Pioneers were led on offense by sophomore midfielder Audrey Denham, who scored a pair of second-half goals. It was the first multi-goal performance of Denham's career.
With the loss, Transylvania's record falls to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in Southern Athletic Association play while Concordia improves to 4-1 and 1-0 in the SAA.
Freshman defender Emily Cannon made an early impact on the game by recording a defensive save in the ninth minute of play to preserve the 0-0 score.
The Falcons recorded the game's first goal in the 16th minute when a shot from Megan McPike slipped past Transy goalkeeper, senior Allyson Benz. Less than 10 minutes later the freshman scored her second goal of the day, giving Concordia a 2-0 lead.
Just before halftime, the Pioneers broke through with a goal by junior midfielder Tori Coleman. The goal was set up nicely thanks to a nifty pass from sophomore forward Lilly Kramer to cut Concordia's lead in half.
Concordia started the second half off on fire offensively, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes of play to take a commanding 5-1 lead over the Pioneers.
Then, in the 64th minute, Denham sent a shot past the Falcons' goalkeeper to score her first goal of the season. Just two minutes later the sophomore added her second goal of the day, cutting the Falcons lead to 5-3.
Transylvania continued to pressure Concordia but the Pioneers were unable to crack the Falcons' defense any further and the game ended with a final score of 5-3 in favor of the road team.
Benz picked up the loss in cage for the Pioneers. The senior recorded eight saves while allowing five Falcons' goals.
The Pioneers are back in action on Thursday, September 27 as they host the Earlham College Quakers. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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