Lexington, Ky. – After an afternoon of heads-up soccer, the Transylvania women's soccer team could not get its desired result, conceding a 2-1 loss to the Maryville College Scots Sunday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
In a back-and-forth match which featured plenty of opportunities for both sides and measurable momentum shifts, the Pioneers came up on the short end of the match's final big moment, a perfectly-placed chip shot from Maryville's Kara Tubb which zoomed directly above the outstretched arms of junior goalkeeper Ally Barfield in the 74th minute.
The Scots' goal provided the visitors with a 2-1 lead, an advantage they held onto for the final 15 minutes of the contest despite committed late charges from the Pioneers.
Maryville's comeback extinguished a sizzling start for the Pioneers, who enjoyed a second-minute goal from senior back Morgan Janes; the senior broke loose on a corner kick to deliver an on-target shot central to the net to put the Pioneers in front early.
Both teams assembled a collection of useful runs over the next half hour before Maryville scored an equalizer in the 30th minute after the Pioneers were tardy to clear the ball out of the box.
The second half replicated the quality play of the first half before the Maryville goal in the 74th minute.
Barfield finished the day with seven saves in a full 90 minutes of work for Transylvania while the Pioneers held a two-kick advantage in corner kicks for the day.
Transylvania continues its extended homestand next Saturday and Sunday as it faces Webster University on Saturday, September 23, followed by a match against Ohio Northern University on Sunday, September 24.
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