Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania women's soccer team opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play by battling the Anderson University Ravens to a 0-0 draw at the AU Soccer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A solid start to the season continued for the Pioneers, who moved to 7-2-2 on the season, including an unbeaten 4-0-2 over their last six matches, and 0-0-1 in the HCAC. Anderson improved to 3-2-3 and 0-0-1 in the conference following the matchup.
The two sides played an ultra-physical game throughout the day, combining for 27 fouls and four yellow cards in the double overtime affair.
Midway through the first half, the Pioneers appeared primed to take a lead as freshmen forwards Quinn May and Ashley Chindo took turns firing shots on the Anderson goal. However, the Ravens goalkeeper held strong, and the score remained even at 0-0 going into the halftime break.
The stalemate continued through the second half as neither team was able to crack the opposition's defense to score the game's first goal.
In the first overtime period, the Ravens controlled the ball and pelted the Transylvania goal with a pair of shot attempts. However, neither found the back of the net and the game remained scoreless.
The Pioneers made one last push for victory in the final three minutes of the second overtime period with a pair of shots from May and freshman midfielder Annie Stauffer that were both saved by the Ravens' goalkeeper, sealing the 0-0 draw.
Transylvania goalkeeper Morgan Patton continued to build on a strong freshman campaign with five saves against no goals allowed in 110 minutes of action. Patton currently leads the HCAC with a save percentage of .900 %.
Up next for the Pioneers is a home matchup with the Earlham College Quakers on Wednesday, October 3. First touch between the Pioneers and the Quakers is set for 7:00 p.m. at Pat Deacon Stadium.
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