Transylvania field hockey gains first win of 2018 with scintillating overtime finish at Oberlin

1-0 win  over Oberlin

Oberlin, Ohio. - Junior midfielder Emma Uhls delivered an electrifying, game-winning goal and the Transylvania field hockey team earned a 1-0, double-overtime victory over the Oberlin College Yeowomen at Bailey Field on Saturday afternoon.

After being denied a pair of wins in opening weekend last week, the Pioneers found their first victory of the 2018 season in a sudden-victory overtime format after both teams went scoreless for the first 70 minutes of the afternoon.

The victory improves Transylvania's record to 1-2, while Oberlin falls to 1-3.

Senior goalkeeper Allyson Benz turned in a phenomenal effort in goal that included 21 saves against zero goals allowed in 86 minutes of action. It was the senior's first shutout of the young season.

The two teams played a mostly even first half, with the Yeowomen outshooting the Pioneers 7-4. Each goalkeeper also recorded four saves in the first 35 minutes of play.

Oberlin's offense came to life in the second half, outshooting the Pioneers 15-1. However, the Transylvania defense held strong and did not concede a go-ahead goal to the Yeowomen.

With just over five minutes to play in regulation, Oberlin's Meg Parker sent a shot towards the far corner of the Pioneers' goal. Benz responded by making a fantastic diving save to preserve the 0-0 score at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime period, Oberlin's offense continued to bombard Benz and the Pioneers' defense to the tune of four shots on goal. Conversely, Transylvania was unable to create any real chance at goal in the period.

The Pioneers' moment of glory finally came with just over three minutes remaining in the second overtime period when Uhls put a ball into the back of the cage from close range, sealing the 1-0 Transylvania victory, and sending the team's sideline into hysteria.  

The Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow morning as they travel to Wooster, Ohio to faceoff with the College of Wooster Fighting Scots. The game is set for an 11:00 a.m. start at John P. Papp Stadium.

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