Chicago, Ill. – The Transylvania men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Carleton College Knights in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament at Stagg Field on the campus of the University of Chicago on Saturday night.
The Pioneers end the year with a record of 8-5-6 overall, while the Knights improve to 16-1-3 and advance to face the University of Chicago Maroons in tomorrow's Second Round matchup.
Four minutes into the game, junior forward Alex Shkraba provided Transylvania's lone offensive chance of the half with a shot on goal that was saved by the Carleton goalie.
Over the next forty minutes, the two sides battled both one another as well as the plummeting temperatures to no avail as the game remained scoreless.
Then, with just nine seconds remaining in the half, Carleton's Spencer Weeden intercepted the ball in Transylvania's defensive third of the field and placed a shot into the far right corner of the net to give Carleton a 1-0 lead at the halftime intermission.
In the second half, Carleton continued to control the ball, outshooting the Pioneers 9-0 in the half.
Transylvania's final look at goal came in the 90th minute when junior midfielder Caswell Fuller sent a corner kick into the box that was cleared away by the Knights' defense, sealing the 1-0 victory.
Junior goalie Drew Grisham collected eight saves and allowed just one goal in the loss for Transylvania.
"Hats off to the team for fighting right until the very end," remarked Transylvania head coach Matt Vogel. "We had a very good chance late but things just didn't fall our way. It's tough when you concede a goal so late into the first half, as it can change the dimension of the game. We were chasing the game in the second half and we just didn't get the breakthrough we needed."
With another successful season in the books, Transylvania will now begin to work towards 2019 as the Pioneers will return eight starters from this year's squad. The Pioneers will start next season in pursuit of their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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