Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's soccer team's second overtime game in as many days ended in heartbreak as the Pioneers fell by the final score of 2-1 to the No. 11 Otterbein Cardinals at Pat Deacon Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops Transylvania's record to 0-1-1 on the season, while Otterbein improves to 1-0-0.
With the temperature soaring past 90 degrees on the pitch, junior forward Alex Shkraba and his fellow Pioneers applied early pressure to the Cardinals defensive line.
The Pioneers' best chance at a goal in the first half came when sophomore defender Zach Hill received a corner kick and headed it towards goal. However, the Otterbein goalkeeper Collin Hoffman made a spectacular save and the match remained scoreless at the break.
Then in the 54th minute, the Pioneers found glory. A corner kick was redirected towards goal by junior forward Charlie Wend. The ball ricocheted off the far post towards the waiting foot of Shkraba, who blasted it into the back of the net, giving the Pioneers the 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals responded five minutes later when a beautiful passing sequence was capped off with a goal by Kohei Adams.
With the score even at 1-1, the teams settled in defensively over the final 30 minutes of regulation.
Then, just two minutes into overtime, Otterbein's Kennedy Mensah fired a header into the net to clinch the 2-1 victory for the Cardinals.
Freshman goalkeeper Michael Kline made his first career start for the Pioneers and recorded six saves in 90 minutes of action.
Next up for the Pioneers is a trip to Crestview Hills, Kentucky for a matinee rivalry game against the Thomas More College Saints on Thursday, September 6. The game is set for a 2:00 p.m. start at BB&T Field.
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