Wilmington, Ohio – Finally an opponent found a scoring breakthrough against the Transylvania men's soccer team in its fifth appearance on the pitch of the year, but the Pioneers remained unbeaten as the crimson battled to a 2-2 tie at the Wilmington College Quakers on Wednesday night.
The Pioneers' record moved to 3-0-2 after the first road test of the 2016 season.
All of the scoring ensued in the first half between the Pioneers and the Quakers as Wilmington became the first team in 2016 to score against Transylvania. After a four-game homestand to open up their season, the Pioneers yielded two goals against a Wilmington squad that acquired a 2-1-2 record after the Wednesday result.
After a frenzied opening half-hour of the contest, things shifted into a defensive tone for both teams as scoring opportunities tightened up. But prior to that juncture, the goals opened wide for both sides.
Wilmington struck first 16:23 minutes into the first half as Carl Bergstrom delivered on a strike to hand a 1-0 lead to the home team. But before Wilmington could even savor the fruits of their labor, Transylvania freshman striker Charlie Wend delivered a goal on the following possession to equalize the match at one-all.
The Quakers and Pioneers again jousted for possession over the next nine minutes, allowing few opportunities to the other before the second wave of scoring crested over the match. Bergstrom got his brace as he scored in the 26th minute to help Wilmington retake the lead at 2-1.
But in identical fashion, the Pioneers scored barely one minute later as freshman defender Jason Murillo converted on a setup from fellow freshman Alex Shkraba to tie the game once more at 2-2.
Shots were few and far between for the rest of the half as Wilmington crafted two shots on goal, but freshman Chandler Gaunce diffused both threats to keep the game level.
The Pioneers nearly took their first lead of the game seven minutes into the second half, but Calhoon could not overwhelm Wilmington keeper Nick Baker for the would-be go-ahead goal. Transylvania and Wilmington waited for the perfect moment, but the evening instead turned into a contest of "can-you-top-this" between the two goalkeepers Baker and Gaunce, who made the final half hour a set of individual masterpieces.
After securing their second draw of the season, the Pioneers take their unbeaten streak to Muskingum on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. contest. Transylvania faces Muskingum for their second of four straight matches away from home to complete the September portion of its schedule.
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