Sewanee, Tenn. – A first-half goal served as the difference as the Sewanee Tigers defeated the Transylvania field hockey team 1-0 on Sunday evening at Puett Field.
Beginning a stretch of two straight games away from Lexington, the Pioneers faced Sewanee in Southern Athletic Association conference play Sunday evening.
Early on, the Tigers took various modes of attacks against Transylvania senior goalie Allyson Benz but Benz was adept in warding them all off.
In what transpired into an evenly played match, the highest piece of drama on Sunday night occurred in the 13th minute: the Tigers earned a penalty corner and re-directed the ball off of a deflection into the top left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers mounted their first concerted attack roughly 17 minutes into the first half when senior midfielder Caroline Patrick tried to get a shot off but heavy traffic from the Sewanee side deflected the effort.
Patrick's attack spurred a string of offensive tries from the Pioneers but Sewanee was consistent in forcing takeaways from Transylvania.
The second half went scoreless as each side cultivated its fair share of opportunities. The Pioneers went on a series of orchestrated runs upfield and challenged Sewanee inside but Sewanee goalie Rachel Blum came up with four difference-making saves on the night.
Benz doubled Blum's output with eight saves on nine shots but the Pioneers were unable to discover the equalizer in the second half on Sunday.
The Pioneers will continue their schedule away from home during Transylvania's fall break on Tuesday as they take on Roanoke College at Sewanee's Puett Field on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
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