Chambersburg, Pa. – Despite a solid defensive performance, the Transylvania field hockey team was plagued by scoring woes as the Pios suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Eastern Mennonite University Royals Saturday afternoon.
The Pioneers outshot the Royals in shots for the afternoon, mustering 15 total shots and 12 on goal versus 11 total shots by the Royals. Sophomore midfielder Tori Coleman led the scoring attack for the Pioneers with three shots on goal; junior midfielder Alyson Bergman matched Coleman with three shots on goal.
"We had a strong game on all ends of the ball," said the Transylvania coaching staff following the game. "We took a step forward from our games last weekend and moved the ball well transitioning from offense to defense. We simply could not convert on the opportunities that we created."
Junior goalie Allyson Benz produced another valiant performance in goal, stopping seven shots by halftime. It was shortly following the start of the second half in which the Royals took the lead.
Seven minutes into the second half, Eastern Mennonite's Emily Price found a seam in Transylvania's backline to strike and score against Benz for the match's only score of the day.
The Pioneers managed seven more shots the rest of the afternoon including two in the final three minutes, but the Royals came up with a collection of timely saves.
"We are still working on our connecting on offense and look to learn from our mistakes and look forward to putting together a strong game tomorrow," added the coaching staff.
Transylvania returns to play tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. noon on Sunday to face Ferrum College at the Wilson College Invitational.
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