Huntingdon, Pa. – The Transylvania men's soccer team wrapped up a busy weekend with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Juniata College Eagles at Gibbel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Early in the game, neither team was able to create any quality chances on offense, leading to a 0-0 deadlock.
Then, with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Pioneers took the lead thanks to a goal from Griffin Lamb. The score was Lamb's first of the year.
The Eagles offense came to life early in the second half, leading to an equalizer from Charlie Kovach in the 63rd minute.
With the score even, both teams upped the intensity, leading to numerous scoring chances over the waning minutes of regulation. The Pioneers encountered an additional dose of adversity, finding themselves down to 10 men after Zach Hill was sent off for his second yellow card of the day.
Despite the turbulence, the Transylvania defense held and the game went to extra time.
In the 95th minute, the Transylvania offense mounted a counter-attack that resulted in a close-range shot for Charlie Wend. The Juniata goalkeeper made an outstanding save, but Alex Shkraba was there on cue to blast the rebound into the back of the net, clinching the 2-1 victory for the Pioneers.
With the victory, the Pioneers improve to 2-0 on the young season, while the Eagles fall to 1-1.
Up next, the Pioneers will travel to Ada, Ohio for a matchup against the Calvin College Knights on Friday, September 6. The game is slated for a 5:00 p.m. start at Kerscher Stadium on the campus of Ohio Northern University.
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