Mequon, Wis. – A go-ahead goal by the Converse College Valkyries in the third quarter served as the difference in a 1-0 victory over the Transylvania field hockey team on Saturday morning at Tomasini Stadium on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin.
Clashing with the Valkyries in a nonconference contest on the final weekend of regular-season play, the Pioneers battled with Converse for scoreless first half that featured opportunities for each side.
Ellie Domato led the defensive stronghold with a collection of crucial sweeps to hold the Valkyries in check for the first half while Harper Zeitz led the offensive charge. The Pioneers applied pressure on Converse in the second quarter, earning two penalty corners but Converse turned away each attack by Transy, including a hard shot by Zeitz with less than 10 seconds to go in the first half.
As the logjam continued into the second half, the Valkyries broke through the only opening of the match at the 38-minute mark of the contest for the lone score. The Pioneers aimed for a quick response, earning a penalty corner one minute later; the attempt resulted in a shot on target by Brianna McCulley which glanced off the post, allowing Converse to cling to the lead.
Transylvania manifested one more shot down the stretch in the fourth quarter but the attempt went wide. Converse had success running out the clock the rest of the way to hold on to victory.
The Valkyries improved to 3-15 overall while the Pioneers dropped to 3-11 on the season.
Converse outshot the Pioneers 11 to 7 for the afternoon; Sidney Varney picked up the defeat in goal for the Pioneers as she wrapped up a seven-save performance.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow at Tomasini Stadium to face the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons. The Southern Athletic Association conference contest begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time and serves as the regular-season finale for both teams.
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