Transylvania field hockey edged by Wooster in 2019 home opener

Tori Coleman

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania field hockey team scored the first goal of the day, but two second-half goals by the Wooster College Scots gave the visitors a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.

Playing in their 2019 home opener on Saturday, the Pioneers came out prepared and consistent against an opponent which had beaten them by eight goals the year before. Transylvania issued the first salvo of the day in the opening quarter when Emma Uhls converted a score off a penalty corner attempt 10 minutes into the contest for a 1-0 Transy advantage.

Neither team was able to find a finishing score in the second quarter as the defenses took over for both sides. Tori Coleman levied the only shot over the final four minutes of the half for either team but her attempt was stopped by Wooster's goalie, sending the Pioneers into halftime nursing a 1-0 lead.

Wooster intensified its offensive aggression in the second half and though the Pioneers thwarted numerous attempts to begin the half, the Scots finally scored on goal off a broken play nine minutes into the third quarter to tie up the game at 1-1.

The Scots continued to apply pressure to begin the fourth quarter and Transylvania goalie Sidney Varney held firm, denying Wooster's best shots again and again. But the Scots finally broke through following a penalty corner opportunity with 13 minutes remaining in regulation to take their first lead of the day at 2-1.

Transylvania charged downfield aiming to tie up the game but Wooster was successful in breaking up a number of counterattacking opportunities down the stretch. The Scots stopped one final breakaway by Transy with a minute to go as they held on for victory.

Varney completed the game with eight saves in goal versus 10 attempts, including a save late in the fourth quarter against a penalty stroke. Wooster outshot Transylvania 15 to 4 on the day.

Transylvania will look for its first home win of the 2019 season tomorrow at 12 noon as the Pioneers welcome the Oberlin College Yeowomen to Pat Deacon Stadium in a nonconference matchup.

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