Memphis, Tenn. – The Transylvania Field Hockey team's run in the Southern Athletic Association Conference Tournament came to an end on Friday afternoon as the Pioneers endured a 1-0 defeat to the Ferrum College Panthers in SAA first round action.
Playing on the campus of Rhodes College as the No. 3 seed, the Pioneers faced off against the No. 6-seeded Panthers for the third time in the 2017 campaign on Friday looking to extend their team streak.
After defeating Ferrum twice by scores of 2-0 and 4-2 earlier in the season, Friday's match featured plenty of offensive opportunities for both sides, but a deliberately slower pace than the previous two meetings.
From the outset, both teams jousted in a match marked by longstanding battles for possession as each team waited upon its perfect moment to strike. The Pioneers consistently earned penalty corners in the opening stanza of the first half but were turned away by Ferrum goalkeeper Courtney Gosslin, who collected a shutout in Friday's Panther victory.
Transylvania continued challenging Gosslin towards the end of the first half but halftime came quickly with a 0-0 score.
In the second half, Ferrum prevailed in its efforts to maintain a chokehold on the ball; the key moment of the match arrived nearly 20 minutes into the second half as the Pioneers labored to clear the ball out of their shooting circle. The Panthers collected a barrage of consecutive penalty corners before the Panthers' Kiana Mohica scored on a deflection in the 58th minute for the lone goal of the match.
Junior goalie Allyson Benz matched Gosslin with eight saves on the day to wrap up her junior campaign. Transylvania mustered 21 shots on the afternoon to Ferrum's 18 but the Panthers mounted 11 total saves on the day between their goalkeeper and committed defensive backline.
The Pioneers' 2017 season comes to an end with an overall record of 7-11, and 3-3 in SAA regular season play, their best regular-season record since joining the league in 2011. The seven wins marks the third consecutive season in which the Pioneers have raised their win total from the previous season.
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