Pioneers men's soccer fights way to 2-goal victory against Manchester

Pioneers men's soccer fights way to 2-goal victory against Manchester

Lexington, Ky. - The Transylvania men's soccer team made use of an early goal by senior forward Blake Chidester to claim a 2-0 win over the Manchester Spartans at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The goal from Chidester came just eight minutes into the game, as he scored the go-ahead goal off a beautiful cross from junior midfielder Riley Calhoon.

After the Pioneers goal the Spartans began to impose their will, as the visitors began to play a much more physical game. On the day, Manchester was whistled for seven fouls, five more than Transylvania.           

The Pioneers had a great opportunity to add a second goal before the half, when Calhoon fired a strike towards the upper right corner of the net; but the Spartan's goalkeeper made a magnificent save, and the score remained 1-0 going into halftime.

Transylvania's insurance goal came with 32 minutes remaining in the game, as a nifty pass from Calhoun met the foot of freshman forward Charlie Wend, whose shot found the back of the net to double the Pioneers lead.

The two-assist day by Calhoun now places him in a tie for second place in overall season assists in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rankings.

The final 30 minutes of play were physical, as the Spartans tried to fight their way back into the game. However, the Pioneers were determined to preserve their lead, and took their time possessing the ball for several minutes at a time down the stretch.

Despite Manchester's best efforts, Transylvania's defensive line held to finish off the 2-0 result, good for the Pioneers third straight victory. With the win, Transylvania now sits at third place in the HCAC standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

The win marked the second shutout in as many games for freshman goalkeeper Drew Grisham, who recorded two saves on the afternoon.

Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Franklin, Indiana, to take on the Franklin College Grizzlies, as they look to build upon their current winning streak.

The game is set for a 7:30 PM start at Faught Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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