Danville, Ky. – The 2017 season began for the Transylvania field hockey team with a hard-fought 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Kenyon College Ladies Friday morning at Centre College's South Campus Field.
Kenyon and Transylvania clashed on a blustery Friday morning in a season opener that was moved ahead six hours to avoid anticipated incoming thunderstorms in Central Kentucky. The Pioneers spent the first 20 minutes of the contest thawing out as the ball moved slowly and Kenyon took a 1-0 lead.
Anticipating a rising season, the Pioneers showed signs of rust in the first half, but stayed within reach of Kenyon, who took a 1-0 early lead in the 14th minute on a goal from Hannah Paterakis. Though Kenyon established a scoring advantage, junior goalie Allyson Benz constructed her personal wall, holding the Ladies scoreless through the rest of the half.
In the second half, Transy's game sharpened up as the Pioneers found seams upfield and passing grew more accurate and flowing.
"Despite a slow start to the game, we managed to make great adjustments going into the second half to give ourselves more offensive opportunities," analyzed head coach Sarah Humphries. "We managed to maintain possession in our attacking end in the second half and get some great looks on goal. Though there are some things we need to fix moving forward, they are small adjustments and some fine tuning which is a great starting point for our season."
Defense remained the theme of the day as Kenyon notched one more goal in the second half and clung to the 2-0 lead which became the eventual final score.
Benz was the key performer in the 2017 season opener for Transylvania, registering 16 saves on the day.
Transylvania returns to action Saturday afternoon in Danville at 3:00 p.m. as the Pioneers face Denison University.
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