Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania field hockey team delivered its first home win of the season with a 5-0 triumph over the Oberlin College Yeowomen on Sunday afternoon at Pat Deacon Stadium.
Lilly Kramer recorded her first career hat-trick while Harper Zeitz dished out three assists as the Pioneers finished off their first home weekend of the year with their second shutout win of the season.
The Pioneers raised their record to 2-2 on the year while Oberlin's record fell to 2-2.
Sunday's win marked Transylvania's largest margin of victory over an opponent since November 4, 2016 in a 5-0 win against Ferrum.
In its final match of the weekend, Transylvania showed off its offensive cohesion and defensive intensity in limiting all of Oberlin's best threats. The nonconference matchup ventured off to a slow start as each team sought out to discover its rhythm. Despite a lack of early shots, the Pioneers continued to win possession as much of the match took place on their offensive half of the field.
The payoff came in the 13th minute of the contest when the Pioneers earned a penalty corner. Zeitz took a hard shot which deflected and then was regathered by Kramer for her first goal of the game.
Kramer doubled her scoring output in the second quarter with another goal in the 24th minute which also resulted from a penalty corner opportunity. Zeitz then took her turn to score as Transylvania earned another penalty corner chance; the ball went to Zeitz who blasted a shot from straightaway that rocketed off the back of the goal for a 3-0 Pioneer lead.
Tori Coleman registered the first goal of the second half for Transylvania in the 39th minute as the Pioneers grew their lead to 4-0. Kramer finished off the scoring for the day with her hat-trick in the 58th minute to provide the 5-0 final.
Sidney Varney claimed the win in goal for the Pioneers while Abi Waldron finished up the final quarter of play. Neither player saw a shot on goal all afternoon as a fierce Transylvania defense limited Oberlin to just one shot on the afternoon.
The Pioneers earned a total of 10 penalty corners to two by the Yeowomen.
Transylvania returns to play on Saturday, September 21 at Bridgewater (Va.) College. The match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. Eastern time start.
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