Cincinnati, Ohio - The Transylvania women's soccer team got its season off to a quick start as the Pioneers defeated the Wilmington College Quakers 1-0 on the campus of Mt. St. Joseph on Friday night.
The resilient and memorable win was the first at Transylvania for the new coaching staff of head coach Luis Reis and assistant coach Silvia Vazquez.
The first win under the new staff was one to remember as the Transylvania defense mustered a marathon performance under pounding rain in the region.
Transylvania wasted little time in taking control of the game, as junior midfielder Noel Obata put the deciding goal past the Quakers goalkeeper just eight minutes into the game.
With the lead in hand, the Pioneers were content to turn the game over to their defense, which held the Quakers at bay for the rest of the game.
Junior goalkeeper Ally Barfield put on a strong performance in net for the Pioneers. Barfield withstood a barrage of shots from the Quakers as she collected eighth saves en route to her first clean sheet of the season.
With the first victory of the young season under their belts, the Pioneers will next take the pitch on Sunday afternoon, when they face off with the Blackburn College Beavers. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. start at Schueler Field on the campus of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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