Salem, Va. – The Transylvania field hockey team suffered a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Roanoke College Maroons on Saturday morning.
Transylvania fell behind early as the Pioneers gave up two Roanoke goals within the first ten minutes of play.
Despite taking six shots in the first half, the Pioneers were unable to find the scoring touch. On the other side of the field the Maroons added two more goals, pushing their lead to 4-0 at the halftime break.
After adding a fifth goal just minutes into the second half, Roanoke took to protecting its lead, as the Maroons defense refused to yield a goal to the hungry Pioneers throughout the last 35 minutes.
Transylvania junior goalkeeper Allyson Benz was tested throughout the day, as she recorded a career-high 22 saves for the Pioneers in the loss. Benz now leads the Southern Athletic Association with 74 saves on the year.
Despite the final score, Transylvania Head Coach Sarah Humpries found some positives to take away from the result.
"Today's game wasn't as uneven as the score indicated," said Humphries. "We had some good possessions on offense and had good ball movement up the field. Unfortunately, when we give up so many goals in the first half it's difficult to come back. We had some good minutes, but they were a talented team and took advantage of their opportunities on our end of the field, and capitalized on our mistakes."
A quick turnaround will present the Pioneers a chance to learn from the loss. "We will look to bounce back quickly and make some adjustments to be more successful on both sides of the ball tomorrow," remarked Humphries.
Up next, the Pioneers will continue their weekend trip to Virginia, as they face the Ferrum College Panthers on Sunday morning. The game is set for an 11:00 a.m. start at W.B. Adams Stadium.
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