Ada, Ohio – The Transylvania men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to the No. 2 nationally-ranked Calvin College Knights in a nonconference showdown at Kerscher Stadium on Friday night.
Ranked second in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, Calvin dominated play early in the first half and broke through for a goal in the sixth minute as Sam Twigg placed his shot in the back of the net past the reach of Transy goalkeeper Drew Grisham.
While the Pioneers were unable to create any offense throughout the rest of the half, Calvin mounted one last attack that resulted in another score, pushing the Knights' lead to 2-0 at the intermission.
After mustering just one shot on goal throughout the first half, the Pioneers increased the pressure to the tune of four shots in the second half.
Transylvania's offense finally broke through in the 74th minute when a score by Devin Craig cut the Knights' lead to 2-1.
Calvin responded less than a minute after the Transylvania strike, converting a penalty kick attempt to increase the final margin to 3-1 in favor of the Knights.
The loss drops Transylvania's record to 2-1 on the young season while the Knights improve to 2-1 after falling to Ohio Wesleyan in their previous game.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow afternoon when they face the Hope College Flying Dutchmen at 5 p.m. at Kerscher Stadium on the campus of Ohio Northern University.
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