Transylvania field hockey upended at home by Centre

Harper on defense

Lexington, Ky. – The No. 16 Centre College Colonels achieved a 10-0 victory over the Transylvania field hockey team on Saturday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.

Clashing together for the first of two regular-season meetings, the Pioneers looked to upset the nationally-ranked Colonels in a nonconference match between the two Southern Athletic Association members.

The Colonel offense unleashed their fair share of goals, totaling four in the first quarter to maintain an undefeated start to their season with a 9-0 record. Transylvania dropped to 2-5 overall.

The Colonels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play before the Pioneers sharpened their defensive attack with a collection of takeaways in their offensive half of the field. As Transylvania began to win possession consistently in the second quarter, the Pioneers earned their first penalty corner of the contest. The penalty corner led to a near conversion with two and a half minutes remaining in the half as the ball ended up deep in the circle, but Centre eventually cleared away the ball before the Pioneers nearly slotted in their first score. The Pioneers limited Centre to just one score in the second quarter as the Colonels maintained a 5-0 halftime advantage.

Centre reasserted itself to begin the second half with two quick goals in the first five minutes of play as they moved to their ninth victory of the season.   

Sidney Varney picked up the loss in goal for the Pioneers while tallying six saves for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers return to play on Sunday, October 6 as they host the Earlham College Quakers at Pat Deacon Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. Eastern time start.

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