Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania women's soccer team was upended by the Capital University Crusaders, 2-0 on Wednesday evening at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Competing in front of Pioneer supporters for the first time in the 2019 season, Transylvania had its home opener spoiled by the Crusaders, who delivered two timely goals in the first half to pick up the win going away.
The Crusaders improved to 3-1 while the Pioneers' record fell to 1-3.
Competing on a sizzling day in which temperatures topped 90 degrees at kickoff, Capital tested Transylvania goalie Morgan Patton early with a number of shots on target. Patton was up for the challenge as she stopped a variety of shots, both on breakaways and with strikers looming in the box.
But in the 12th minute, Capital found its first breakthrough of the night as the Crusaders' Jordan Fike received a well-placed pass and slipped it past Patton for a 1-0 visitors' lead.
Though the Crusaders earned the majority of the first-half possession, the Pioneers were sharp and consistent in their clearances. Transy continued to thwart Capital until a misplaced header led into a sudden counterattack for the Crusaders. Patton came far off her line to try and pounce on the ball, but went to ground on a collision and Capital took advantage of an open goal for a 2-0 lead with under three minutes to go before halftime.
The game reached a more even tenor in the second half and the Pioneers were able to create a number of breakaways and quality chances. However, goalie Lauren White of the Crusaders delivered two big saves in the final 20 minutes to hold the Pioneers at bay.
Patton tied her career-high with 13 saves in the loss while Meron Roach led the Pioneers in shots on goal with two on target.
Transylvania continues its homestand with a match next Tuesday, September 17 against the Maryville (Tenn.) College Scots at Pat Deacon Stadium. The opening kick is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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