Transylvania women's soccer stays unbeaten with explosive first half at Manchester


North Manchester, Ind. – Six different Pioneers scored for the Transylvania women's soccer team as it cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Manchester University Spartans at Good Field on Saturday afternoon.

The victory extends the Pioneers' unbeaten streak to eight straight games and improves Transylvania's record to 9-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Pioneers' goal scoring exploits commenced in the 6th minute as sophomore midfielder Keeley Chaffin tallied the game's first goal while freshman midfielder Annie Stauffer provided the assist.

Just six minutes later, Stauffer found the scoring touch herself thanks to a setup pass from freshman midfielder Abby Baker. Baker's 15 points on the season are a team-high and rank 7th in the HCAC.

In the 22nd minute, freshman forwards Ashley Chindo and Quinn May connected to put the Pioneers ahead 3-0. The goal was May's fifth of the season.

Transylvania's potent freshman attack continued throughout the half as midfielder Cassandra Thomas and forward Tori Nordin recorded back-to-back goals over a ten-minute span, pushing the Pioneers' lead to 5-0.

With just over 20 seconds remaining in the first half, senior defender Gabby Prevost capped off the Pioneers' scoring outburst by burying a penalty kick in the far left corner of the Spartans' goal.

With the comfortable lead in hand, Transylvania made extensive use of its bench throughout the second half en route to the 6-0 victory.

Senior goalie Ally Barfield got the start in net for the Pioneers and picked up the victory by recording one save against no goals allowed in 45 minutes of play. Junior goalie Sloan Cromwell tallied six saves to protect the shutout in a second-half relief appearance in goal.

The Pioneers are back in action on Wednesday, October 10 in a road matchup with the Mount St. Joseph University Lions. First touch between the Pioneers and the Lions is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Sports Complex.

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