Lexington, Ky. – The Maryville (Tenn.) College Scots fought their way past the Transylvania women's soccer team, 2-0 on Tuesday evening at Pat Deacon Stadium in a nonconference matchup.
The Pioneers clashed with Maryville in a tight first half before the Scots knocked in a long-range go-ahead goal, forcing the home team to play from behind the rest of the night. The Pioneers made multiple pushes in the second half in pursuit of the equalizer but Maryville tacked on an accompanying second-half goal to put the game out of reach.
The win boosted Maryville to 4-3 overall while the Pioneers dropped to 1-4.
A physical game gradually evolved before Maryville's Hannah Clothier struck for the first goal of the night in the 16th minute on a well-placed kick from beyond the right side of the penalty area that glanced over the outstretched arms of Transylvania goalie Morgan Patton and inside the top of the crossbar.
Transylvania began to gnaw at the possession game and tried to create opportunities. In the 21st minute, Abby Baker lined up a direct free kick that sailed wide right of the goal.
The Pioneers manifested a number of counterattacks in the first 15 minutes of the second half and challenged the Maryville defense. Meron Roach nearly connected on a shot in the 50th minute but the kick went wide right of the net. Two minutes later, the Pioneers lofted a tantalizing cross that was punched high and away from goal by the Scots' goalie.
While the Pioneers continued to press, Maryville found an insurance goal in the 67th minute on a skillful cross that was redirected in past Patton on a header from Clothier.
Patton finished the evening with seven saves for the Pioneers in another night full of highlight-reel saves by the sophomore.
Transylvania returns to play on Saturday, September 21 as the Pioneers visit Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio for a 1:00 p.m. kick at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.
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