Lexington, Ky. – In one of the thrillers of the 2017 season, the Transylvania Field Hockey team rallied back to force overtime in the final minute of regulation against the Rhodes College Lynx before the Lynx scored early in overtime to win, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
In a matchup of two of three remaining undefeated teams in the Southern Athletic Association, the Pioneers and Lynx squared off on a stormy day in Lexington.
Despite the conditions, the many attendees on hand were treated to an exciting game that saw both teams take advantage of key opportunities in critical moments.
In a match that became a battle for possession, the Pioneers spent the opening minutes of the contest sweeping away a flurry of Rhodes attacks with consistency.
A breakaway in the 14th minute saw the Pioneers mold their first major opportunity of the game as sophomore midfielder Emma Uhls was fouled on a one-on-one run, leading to a penalty stroke opportunity for Transylvania. Senior midfielder Jessica Chandler blasted the stroke to the left corner of the goal to put Transylvania on top, 1-0.
The Pioneers carried the one-goal advantage to halftime, but Rhodes quickly shifted into offensive gear early in the second half. The Lynx's Lauren Travis scored one minute into the second half, and her teammate Jillian Christensen followed less than five minutes later with another goal to put Rhodes ahead, 2-1 with 20 minutes left in regulation.
Transylvania mustered a number of downfield runs in the final six minutes of the game, but Rhodes appeared to have quelled their best chances. But the Pioneers lofted the ball downfield one more time, and after a number of forward deflections, sophomore midfielder Tori Coleman found a seam and scored with 18 seconds left in regulation.
As overtime began, each team took their turn heading downfield but Rhodes was able to maneuver the ball onto Transylvania's side with regularity. The fourth shot of the overtime period was golden for Rhodes as Maddie Smith delivered to win the game for the Lynx.
Rhodes moved to 3-0 in SAA play, and 7-4 overall, while the Pioneers dropped to 2-1 in the conference standings, and 4-8 overall.
Transylvania returns to action on Sunday, October 15 as it plays Concordia-Wisconsin in an SAA matchup in Sewanee, Tennessee. That match is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. eastern time start.
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