Fast start by Roanoke hinders Transylvania field hockey on the road

Transy 1 Roanoke 4

Sewanee, Tenn. – The Transylvania field hockey team finished off a trip south for the fall semester break with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Roanoke College Maroons on Tuesday afternoon at Puett Field.

Competing in a nonconference game on the campus of Sewanee: University of the South, the Pioneers looked to bounce back from a 1-0 loss on Sunday to Sewanee in which the contest was close but scoring proved elusive.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers found their first goal of the week midway through the second half but it was an early cushion and strong finish by Roanoke that sealed the match in its favor.

The Maroons began the afternoon with an opening score 57 seconds into the match and another connection less than six minutes later in rolling fog and blustery conditions on the way to a 2-0 lead. After the early strikes by Roanoke, Transy's defense locked in and blanked the Maroons for the rest of the half.

As Transylvania's defense sharpened, so did the rest of their game. Early in the second half, the Pioneers earned a penalty corner and cashed in. Sophomore midfielder Audrey Denham slipped past numerous defenders and delivered a straight shot on goal with high velocity to cut Roanoke's lead in half and make a new game.

But Roanoke returned the favor in the 60th minute as Emilee Wooten delivered a pass to teammate Megan Diehl who got past senior goalie Allyson Benz for the insurance goal and a 3-1 lead. The Maroons tacked on one final goal with six minutes remaining in the contest to finish up the afternoon contest.

Transylvania returns to play on Sunday, October 21, hosting the Sewanee Tigers at Pat Deacon Stadium in a Senior Day contest. A senior day ceremony acknowledging four members of the Transylvania field hockey team will lead into the 12:00 p.m. match against the Tigers.

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