Lexington, Ky.- The Transylvania men's soccer team defeated the Hanover Panthers 1-0 to capture its second conference win in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night at Pat Deacon Stadium, as sophomore forward Tyler Joy-Brandon broke through to score the game's only goal with three minutes remaining in the contest.
The game was an even contest from the start that saw both teams take turns controlling the ball and the momentum of play. Each team took 14 shots during the game, and both teams earned six corner kicks.
Transylvania's lone scoring opportunity in the first half came when freshman forward Charlie Wend drove the ball past two Hanover defenders and then fired a close-range shot towards goal that was stopped by the goalkeeper.
The Pioneers' best chance for a score came three minutes into the second half, when a crossing pass came into the box and found the foot of senior forward Blake Chidester, whose shot hit the bottom of the crossbar.
The game remained scoreless until the 87th minute, when Joy-Brandon received a pass from junior Riley Calhoon, drove the ball towards the end line, and fired a beautiful shot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The one goal edge would be all the Pioneers would need, as the game ended three minutes later with a score of 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Goalkeeper Drew Grisham put on a spectacular performance for the Pioneers in goal, as he recorded 11 saves on the day, en route to his first shutout as a Pioneer.
Next up, the Pioneers will continue their current homestand and look to build momentum in conference play as they face the Manchester Spartans. The game between the Pioneers and the Spartans is set for a 3:30 PM start this Saturday, October 15. at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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