Lexington, Ky. – A pair of late first-half goals propelled the Transylvania women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the Franklin College Grizzlies at Pat Deacon Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win improves Transylvania's record to 12-4-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, lifting the Pioneers into third place in the conference standings with just one game remaining in the regular season.
The game presented the Pioneers with the task of containing HCAC leading scorer Maddie Fleet, who had scored 21 goals entering Wednesday's matchup.
The game got off to a quick start as the two teams combined for 23 shots in the first half. However, the score remained 0-0 midway through the first half.
Transylvania's offense finally broke through in the 36th minute when freshman midfielder Abby Baker tracked down a long ball, juked a defender, and buried a shot in the back of the net to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, freshman midfielder Annie Stauffer blasted a shot towards that bounced off the Franklin goalie and into the goal to extend Transylvania's lead to 2-0 heading into the locker room for the halftime intermission.
In the 57th minute, Fleet finally found her space and buried a shot to cut the Pioneers lead to 2-1.
Following Fleet's goal, the Pioneers' defense locked up and the Grizzlies were unable to find an equalizer over the final 30 minutes of play, allowing Transylvania to complete the 2-1 victory.
Freshman goalie Morgan Patton turned in a strong performance in goal for the Pioneers, recording five saves against just one goal allowed.
The Pioneers will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, October 27 as they host the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers in an HCAC showdown. First touch between the Pioneers and the Fightin' Engineers is set for 1:00 p.m. at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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