August 31, 2014

Berry tops Pioneers 2-0

Photo by: Chris Campbell

LEXINGTON, Ky.— The Pioneer offense was held scoreless, as Berry College went on to a 2-0 win Sunday at Pat Deacon Stadium.

Berry College scored early, taking a 1-0 at the 7:10 mark on a goal from Zak Wallingford and was able to hold off the Pioneers, despite a relentless Transylvania effort. The Transylvania offense penetrated the Berry defense logging five shots, but could not find the net giving the Pioneers their first loss of the young season.

"It was unfortunate to give up two goals in the manner that we did," head coach Matt Vogel said, "with both goals taking a deflection.  I did like our overall effort, especially playing a man down for most of the second half, but we were not clinical enough in the attacking third to make the most of the opportunities presented to us."

The Transylvania offense nearly tied the game when senior Max Robinson eluded the Berry defense to get a shot on goal, but Berry goalkeeper Jon Nelson came up with the save. From there, the teams battled through the heavy rain throughout the contest trading shots and fouls in a highly competitive matchup.

Senior goalkeeper Taylor Nossokoff got the start in the net for the Pioneers and had several stellar stops holding the Vikings to a 1-0 lead. Berry's Christian Fulbright looked to have an open shot at the goal at the 22:11 mark sending a ball off his right foot only to be wrangled by Nossokoff. 

Despite the defensive effort by Nossokoff and the Pioneers, Berry added to its lead in the 59th minute on an Evan Echols goal to give the Vikings a 2-0 advantage and the win.

"We also had some careless turnovers in the middle of the field that created some dangerous moments for Berry to take advantage of," Vogel said. "Fortunately for us, we have a week to prepare before we take the field again, so we will take the lessons learned from this match and work hard to make ourselves better going forward."

With the loss, the Pioneers fall to 1-1 on the season. Transylvania travels to Franklin College Saturday to take on Trine College at the Daniel Schuetz Classic. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.