Danville, Ky. – A committed effort by the Transylvania field hockey team kept the No. 16 Centre College Colonels on their toes, but the Colonels held off Transy with a 2-0 victory Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.
Weeks after falling to the undefeated Colonels by a 10-goal margin in Lexington, the Pioneers squared off in the first rematch with Centre in their second Southern Athletic Association match of conference play on Wednesday night.
Centre's record improved to 12-0 overall and 2-0 in SAA play while the Pioneers fell to 3-8 overall and 1-1 in conference competition.
The Pioneers pushed Centre to the brink in the first 30 minutes of play as the teams battled to halftime with a 0-0 deadlock. After managing a significant shot advantage against the Pioneers, Centre found its breakthrough at home late in the third quarter with a pair of goals for the lone scores of the match. With 7:15 to go in the third, Ellie Dunham provided the go-ahead goal for a 1-0 Centre lead. Another corresponding score came from Sarah Biggs with 1:01 left in the third quarter as the Colonels doubled their cushion.
The Pioneers continued to grind in the fourth quarter, looking for a key moment against the Colonels. Harper Zeitz made two key runs into the Colonels offensive circle, but the Colonels held tight upon her arrival to keep the Pioneers scoreless.
Transylvania's defense also held firm in the fourth quarter as Ellie Domato kept Centre wanting with a defensive save, allowing the Pioneers to remain within striking distance. With the game embracing a defensive tone, the Colonels warded off the final runs from Zeitz and Co. to hold on for the home victory.
Sidney Varney provided 10 saves in goal on Wednesday in a tremendous performance by the sophomore goalie.
The Pioneers return to play on Sunday, October 20 as they welcome Randolph-Macon College to Lexington for a Senior Day match. Transylvania's senior players will be recognized prior to the 12:00 p.m. start.
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