No. 18 Transylvania men's soccer rebounds to move past Defiance

Jacob Gantt kicking ball

Defiance, Ohio – The No. 18 nationally-ranked Transylvania men's soccer team rebounded from a surprise start to grab a 2-1 victory against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon at Winsper Knobel Field.

Both Transylvania scores came from sophomore forward Charlie Wend as his goals served as equalizer and game-winner following an early second-minute strike from the host Yellow Jackets.

With their third straight week in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 national rankings, the Pioneers stay undefeated at 10-0, and 3-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

In the second minute of the contest, Defiance's Christian Meister was the beneficiary of an early penalty kick opportunity. The Yellow Jacket struck on the PK goal to put the Yellow Jackets in front, 1-0.

Undeterred by the opening salvo, the Pioneers immediately instituted their brand of pressure which eventually led to a shot differential of plus-15 for the afternoon. The aggression paid instant dividends when Wend scored his first goal of the day at the 29:57 mark of the first half.

In the 24th minute, Wend delivered again, this time on a setup from senior forward Riley Calhoon to put the Pioneers in front by the tally of 2-1.

Despite yielding the second-minute goal, sophomore goalie Drew Grisham collected the win for the Pioneers as the backline dug in the rest of the afternoon to paint another masterpiece on the back third.  

Following Saturday's contest, the Pioneers sit in a tie for first place on the conference table with Hanover College as each team boasts a record of 3-0. The Pioneers and Panthers will put their perfect conference records on the line next Wednesday, October 11 in Hanover, Indiana for a 3:30 p.m. kick.

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