Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania field hockey team continued its hot start to Southern Athletic Association conference play on Saturday, collecting a dominant 4-0 win against the Hendrix College Warriors at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The Pioneers moved to 2-0 in SAA play and 4-7 overall following Saturday's impressive win at home. Hendrix dropped to 3-4 overall, and 1-1 in conference play.
The game began with Hendrix mounting a patient attack against the Pioneers. But after Transylvania suppressed the opening attack, the ball spent most of the remainder of the first half on Hendrix's side of the field. The Pioneers began earning penalty corners with regularity, ending up with 15 on the afternoon to just one for the visitors.
In the 17th minute, the Pioneers received their first offensive lift of the day, a penalty stroke which was converted by senior midfielder Jessica Chandler for a 1-0 lead.
The goal galvanized an intensified attack as Transylvania went back to work on offense. The second score of the game for the Pioneers came just under six minutes later, when sophomore midfielder Taylor Insley set up sophomore midfielder Taylor Coleman for the second goal of the game and a 2-0 advantage.
The Pioneers put the finishing touches on a fruitful first half when Chandler flinged a high-velocity shot inside that was redirected by sophomore midfielder Emma Uhls into the goal for a 3-0 lead with less than one minute before halftime.
Transylvania scored one more time in the match when Insley found the net in the 56th minute to propel Transy to its largest margin of victory this season.
Junior goalie Ally Benz claimed her fourth win of the season for the Pioneers along with a four-save performance.
Saturday's win marks the first time under fourth-year head coach Sarah Humphries that the Pioneers have begun conference play 2-0.
The Pioneers head right back to action on Sunday, October 8 when they host the Rhodes College Lynx at Pat Deacon Stadium. The meeting is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start.
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