Atlanta, Ga. – Transylvania field hockey sophomore goalie Sidney Varney has been selected as the Southern Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for field hockey, the conference announced on Monday.
Varney, a sophomore from Wilmington, Delaware (Conrad School of the Sciences) was steadfast in goal for the Pioneers as Transylvania was edged in a tight defensive battle on Saturday by Wooster and helped furnish a shutout in Sunday's 5-0 win over Oberlin to lead the Pioneers to their first home win of the season.
Varney provided a season-high eight saves in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Wooster. Varney faced 10 shots on the afternoon and made a plethora of difficult saves to keep the Pioneers in the thick of the match until late in the fourth quarter. Of Varney's eight saves, the highlight came on a penalty stroke opportunity by Wooster in the fourth quarter which was stopped by the goalie to help keep a comeback effort by the Pioneers alive until the final minute of the contest.
The sophomore made her presence felt again in Sunday's 5-0 win over Oberlin. Varney was part of a defensive effort that lifted the Pioneers to their largest margin of victory over an opponent in nearly three seasons as Transylvania completed its second shutout of the season.
Varney currently leads all SAA players in saves with 12 on the season.
This is Varney's first career player of the week award and the first conference player of the week award claimed by a Transylvania field hockey player in the 2019 season.
Varney and the Pioneers are back in action on September 21 as they visit Bridgewater (Va.) College in Bridgewater, Virginia at 1:00 p.m. to continue the nonconference portion of their schedule.
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