Transylvania men's soccer stifled in second half at Earlham

Fuller dribbling with ball

Richmond, Ind. – A second-half offensive drought doomed the Transylvania men's soccer team as the Pioneers fell to the Earlham College Quakers by the final score of 3-1 at Matlack-Messer Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

With the loss, Transylvania's record falls to 2-4-3 overall and 0-1-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference while the Quakers' record improves to 2-7 and 1-1 in the HCAC. 

Just five minutes into the game, Earlham took a 1-0 lead when a long ball sent over the Pioneers' defense was driven into the goal by Joel Michael Nti-Kyeremeh.

The Pioneers found an equalizer just before the intermission when senior midfielder Jonathan Rase sent a clever pass into the box that sophomore forward Griffin Lamb redirected into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Early in the second half, Earlham retook the lead at 2-1 when Nti-Kyeremeh collected a loose ball in the box and blasted it past the Pioneers' goalkeeper.

In the 54th minute, the Quakers extended their lead to 3-1 thanks to a close-range shot from Drew Fitzgibbon.

The final 30 minutes of play were frustrating for the Pioneers, who were unable to manifest an offensive attack, allowing the Quakers to escape with the 3-1 victory.

Freshman Michael Kline got the start in goal for the Pioneers and recorded two saves while allowing three goals in the loss.

Transylvania outshot Earlham 11-8 in the game and held an impressive 11-1 advantage in corner kicks earned.

The Pioneers will continue their current stretch of road contests on Saturday, October 6 when they visit the Manchester University Spartans. First touch is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Spartan Soccer Complex.

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